STAR MAP LOOKING NORTH
JANUARY-MARCH LOOKING NORTH EARLY EVENING
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
In the UK, this is called the Plough and is part of a larger
constellation called Ursa Major (Latin for Great Bear).
The Plough is also known as the Big Dipper or the Saucepan
in other countries.
Use the Plough’s ‘pointer’ stars to locate Polaris, the Pole Star,
which marks the end of the tail of Ursa Minor, the Little Bear.
The two stars at the other end of Ursa Minor
(Kochab and Pherkad) are known as the Guardians of the Pole.
Using just your eyes, look carefully at the star in the middle of
the Plough’s handle, called Mizar, you should be able to make
out its faint companion, known as Alcor.
The height of the Pole Star in
degrees is roughly equivalent to
your latitude on Earth.
Height in degrees is measured
from the horizon (0 degrees) to
the overhead point (90 degrees).
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