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Jul 23 - Aug 22
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Ursa Major (Great Bear)

The Great Bear is a large constellation in the northern hemisphere. It dates back to the ancient Greek. Seven of its stars form a very distinct shape in the night sky, known as the Big Dipper in Northern America. However, the actual constellation is much larger than only the area covered by these seven stars.
This constellation belongs to the zodiac. Its time of the year is between and . This constellation does not belong to the zodiac. It's brightest star is (not in database).
Neighboring constellations are Camelopardalis, Lynx, Leo Minor, Leo, Coma Berenices, Canes Venatici, Bootes, and Draco. Have a look at our full list of all constellations.
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Latin name:  Ursa Major (UMa)
English name:  Great Bear
Abbreviation:  UMa
Zodiac:  Constellation does not belong to the zodiac.
Brightest star:  (not in database)
Historic depiction of the Great Bear.

Objects in Great Bear

A selection of interesting objects visible with a telescope.
M82 (NGC 3034, Cigar Galaxy)
a spiral galaxy in the constellation Great Bear
Image credit: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA). Acknowledgment: J. Gallagher (University of Wisconsin), M. Mountain (STScI) and P. Puxley (NSF).

M101 (NGC 5457, Pinwheel Galaxy)
a spiral galaxy in the constellation Great Bear
Image credit: European Space Agency & NASA

M81 (NGC 3031)
a spiral galaxy in the constellation Great Bear
Image credit: NASA, ESA, A. Zezas (CfA), and A. Filippenko (UC Berkeley) Acknowledgment: Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) & O. Fox (University of California, Berkeley)

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