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Max Molello Mr. Hakes Intro to Astronomy 20 March 2008 Constellation Ursa Major Ursa Major is a constellation that is visible throughout most of the year in the northern hemisphere. The Big Dipper is part of the constellation making up the hind quarters and the tail of The Great Bear. The brightest star is Alioth which is in the handle of The Big Dipper shinning at magnitude 1.76 and is the 31 st brightest star in the sky. About 50 galaxies are visible through an amateur telescope, the brightest being Messier 81 and the Pinwheel Galaxy. Another interesting fact is that the Hubble Deep Field is located in Ursa Major. This is a collection of images from Hubble with an angular size of a tennis ball that contains about 3,000 galaxies, some of which are the farthest and youngest we know of.
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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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