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Unformatted text preview: -Con-(together) Stella (star) = constellation-Different culture saw different patterns-Later, astronomers defined these constellations precisely, and still use them to identify parts of the sky. Sagittarius the archer/ Scorpius the Scorpion Orion -Stars were given names by ancient people-They are also classified using Greek letters:-CX - Alpha designates the brightest star in a constellation.-Big dipper= looks like a hand + bucket-Ursa Major: The Great Bear (a.k.a. The Big Dipper) Ursa Minor = little dipper Two stars in the big dipper point to an important star: Polaris ....
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- Spring '11
- Light, Constellation, Ursa Major, Asterism, big dipper point, Bear (a.k.a.