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Ursa Minor Constellation
Constellation Ursa Minor the Little Bear Star Map

Ursa Minor, the Little Bear (UMi)

(ER-suh MY-ner)


The Northern constellation of Ursa Minor, the Little Bear, is best viewed in Summer during the month of June. It's brightest star is Polaris at magnitude 1.97. The boundary of the Ursa Minor constellation contains 6 stars that host known exoplanets.

Ursa Minor is a circumpolar constellation, so is visible year-round in the Northern hemisphere. Conversely, it is not visible in the opposite hemisphere unless you are close to the equator.

      1. Pronunciation:
      2. ER-suh MY-ner
      1. Meaning:
      2. Little Bear
      1. Genitive:
      2. Ursae Minoris
      1. Abbreviation:
      2. UMi
      1. Asterism:
      2. Little Dipper
      1. Constellation Family:
      2. Ursa Major
      1. Hemisphere:
      2. Northern
      1. Quadrant:
      2. NQ3
      1. Best viewing month*:
      2. June
      1. Circumpolar** (N=northern, S=southern):
      2. N circumpolar
      1. Right Ascension (avg):
      2. 14h 58m
      1. Declination (avg):
      2. 75° 2'
      1. Brightest star:
      2. Polaris  (1.97)
      1. Stars with planets:
      2. 6



    Brightest Stars in Ursa Minor

    The 10 brightest stars in the constellation Ursa Minor by magnitude.

        1. Star
        2. Magnitude
        3. Spectral class



      Double Stars in Ursa Minor

      These are the brightest and easiest-to-find double, triple, and quadruple star systems in the constellation Ursa Minor. Also see all star clusters.

          1. Star system
          2. Magnitudes
          3. Type
          1. Alpha Ursa Minoris
          2. 2.1, 9.1
          3. double



        Galaxies in Ursa Minor

        The most notable, famous, and easy-to-find galaxies in the constellation Ursa Minor. Also see all galaxies.

            1. Galaxy name
            2. Alt name
            3. Galaxy type



          Milky Way Satellites in Ursa Minor

          Dwarf satellite galaxies that orbit the Milky Way Galaxy located in the constellation Ursa Minor. Also see all Milky Way satellite galaxies.

              1. Galaxy name
              2. Alt name
              3. Magnitude
              1. Ursa Minor Dwarf
              2. 11.9



            Neutron Stars in Ursa Minor

            These are the most well-known neutron stars in the constellation Ursa Minor. Although neutron stars cannot be seen in any amateur telescope, they are at the center of many supernova remnant nebulae, which can be seen. Also see all neutron stars.

                1. Neutron star
                2. Type

              * For southern latitudes, flip the season listed. For example, if a constellation is listed as best viewed in the summer in the month of July, in the southern hemisphere the constellation would be best viewed in the winter in January and would be upside-down.

              ** Circumpolar constellations are visible year-round in the hemisphere listed (and not at all in the opposite).