The Little Dipper: Host of the North Star

Ursa Minor, though, is almost entirely represented by the Little Dipper. The handle forms the Little Bear’s tail, and the dipper’s cup forms its flank. The most famous star in the Little Dipper is Polaris, which is currently known as the North Star or Pole Star, as it appears to be aligned with Earth’s axis, or Celestial Pole.

To find the asterism, it is easiest to take the outer two stars in the “bowl” of the Big Dipper and project the line upward in the opposite direction to the “bottom” of the Big Dipper. The two stars will point to Polaris.


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