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Ursa Major Constellation
Constellation Ursa Major the Great Bear Star Map

Ursa Major, the Great Bear (UMa)

(ER-suh MAY-jur)


The Northern 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.

Ursa Major 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.

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 circumpolar
      1. Right Ascension (avg):
      2. 10h 16m
      1. Declination (avg):
      2. 57° 29'
      1. Brightest star:
      2. Alioth  (1.76)
      1. Stars with planets:
      2. 21



    Brightest Stars in Ursa Major

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

        1. Star
        2. Magnitude
        3. Spectral class



      Double Stars in Ursa Major

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

          1. Star system
          2. Magnitudes
          3. Type
          1. Zeta Ursa Majoris
          2. 2.2, 3.9, 4.0
          3. triple



        Nebulae in Ursa Major

        Notable and easy-to-find nebulae in the constellation Ursa Major . Also see all nebulae.

            1. Nebula name
            2. Catalog #
            3. Nebula type



          Galaxies in Ursa Major

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

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



            Milky Way Satellites in Ursa Major

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

                1. Galaxy name
                2. Alt name
                3. Magnitude
                1. Ursa Major I Dwarf
                1. Ursa Major II Dwarf



              Black Holes in Ursa Major

              These are the most well-known smaller (non-supermassive) black holes in the constellation Ursa Major. Although black holes cannot be seen directly, the smaller ones are at the center of some star clusters and supernova remnant nebulae, which can be seen. Supermassive black holes are at the center of most galaxies, such as Sagittarius A* at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. Also see all black holes.

                  1. Black hole
                  2. Type
                  1. KV UMa
                  2. stellar
                  1. M82 X-1
                  2. intermediate
                  1. SDSS J120136
                  2. double



                Exoplanets in Ursa Major

                These are the most notable named exoplanet systems known in the constellation Ursa Major. Bear in mind that we will likely discover billions of exoplanets in the years to come. Also see all exoplanets.

                    1. Host star name
                    2. Exoplanet name

                  * Constellation shown for northen hemisphere skies. For the southern hemisphere, constellations appear rotated 180 degrees (upside-down and left-right reversed) from what is shown. Remember that seasons are reversed too - summer in northern latitudes is winter in southern latitudes.

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