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Set B3 - Out Into Space - card information

37. Ursa Major
(The Great Bear)

37. Ursa Major (The Great Bear)

Ursa Major, main part of which is also known as The Dipper, Plough, David's Car, Bier of Lazarus and Charles' Wain, is always visible in Great Britain. It is a guide to other constellations. It seemingly makes a complete circuit of the sky around Polaris (the Pole Star) in 23 hours 56 minutes; this is actually due to the Earth's rotation. The Plough consists of seven white stars. Dubhe and Merak are pointers to Polaris.