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Ursa Major Constellation
Constellation Ursa Major the Great Bear

Ursa Major, the Great Bear (UMa)  

(ER-suh MAY-jur)


The constellation of Ursa Major, the Great Bear, is best viewed in Spring during the month of April. It's brightest star is Alioth at magnitude 1.76. The boundary of the Ursa Major constellation contains 21 stars that host known exoplanets.

Lalande?21185 is the 6th closest star to Earth at 8.3 light years.

      1. Pronunciation:
      2. ER-suh MAY-jur
      1. Meaning:
      2. Great Bear
      1. Genitive:
      2. Ursae Majoris
      1. Abbreviation:
      2. UMa
      1. Asterism:
      2. Big Dipper
      1. Constellation Family:
      2. Ursa Major
      1. Hemisphere:
      2. Northern
      1. Quadrant:
      2. NQ2
      1. Best viewing month*:
      2. April
      1. Circumpolar** (N=northern, S=southern):
      2. N
      1. Right Ascension (avg):
      2. 10h 16m
      1. Declination (avg):
      2. 57° 29'
      1. Brightest star:
      2. Alioth  (1.76m)
      1. Stars with planets:
      2. 21
      1. Quadruple star systems:
      2. 1
      1. Other:
      2. Barium star

    * 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).