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Big Dipper by:DEATH2000 . Northern hemisphere. Location of constellation. Northern hemisphere. What hemisphere is the constellation located?. All year around. whEN IS THE BIG DIPPER VISIBLE?.

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northern hemisphere

Northern hemisphere

Location of constellation

northern hemisphere1

Northern hemisphere

What hemisphere is the constellation located?

all year around

All year around

whEN IS THE BIG DIPPER VISIBLE?

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The god Zeus hid the nymph Callisto from his wife Hera by changing her into a bear. Her son, Actas, did not know she was now a bear and while hunting one day came across Callisto. To keep Actas from accidentally killing his mother, Zeus placed them together into the sky as the Big and Little Bear (we know them better by the names Big and Little Dipper).

Myth Behind the Big Dipper.

seven stars

Seven stars

How many stars are in the big dipper?

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1.The Big Dipper isn’t a constellation. What?! Seriously. The formation is actually an asterism and part of the constellation Ursa Major.

2.The Big Dipper is comprised of seven stars: Alkaid, Mizar, Alioth, Megrez, Phecda, Merak, Dubhe.

3.In 50,000 years, the Big Dipper will change shape and face the opposite way.

4.The Bible refers to the formation as “the seven stars” (Amos 5:8).

5.In other countries, the Big Dipper is referred to as the Plough, the Saucepan, the Great Wagon, and the Big Bear.

3 FACTS ABOUT THE BIG Dipper