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Unformatted text preview: Ursa Major is one of the best known constellations and has been mentioned by such poets as Homer , Spenser , Shakespeare , Tennyson and Bertrand Cantat , the Finnish epic Kalevala mentions it, and Vincent Van Gogh painted it upside down. This constellation has been seen as a bear to many civilizations and together with Ursa Minor is associated with the myth of Callisto. In Greek mythology , Callisto was a nymph of Artemis . Transformed into a bear and set among the stars , she was the bear-mother of the Arcadians , through her son Arcas . Since bears do not have long tails some peoples such as Native Americans, and Hebrews (this constellation is in the bible), see hunters following the bear holding bow and arrows....
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PHSC 206 taught by Professor Hakes during the Winter '08 term at Fort Lewis.
- Winter '08