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Ursa Minor Constellation

Ursa Minor (Pronounciation:Ur-sar Mine-nore, Abbrev:UMi, Latin:Ursae Minoris) is a constellation, one of 88 constellations that the night sky is divided into. The sky is not divided up equally between the constellations. Ursa Minor takes up 255.864 sq. degrees of the night sky which equates to 0.62% of the night sky. The constellation gets its name as it name means The Small Bear . The constellation is one of the original constellations that was devised by the Ancient Greco-Egyptian astronomer Ptolemy who lived between 90 A.D. and 168 A.D.

Ursa Minor is a northern hemispheric constellation which means it can't be seen easily or at all from the southern hemisphere. The brightest star in Ursa Minor is Polaris. There are 2 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) in this constellation that are detailed on this site.

Legend of the Constellation

Zeus had a son (Arcas) with Callisto, a mortal. In a fit of rage, Hera turned Callisto into a bear Ursa Major. When Arcas nearly killed his mother as he didn`t know who she was, Zeus turned Arcas into a bear Ursa Minor and sent them to the stars.

Items of Interest

The most interesting item in this constellation is Polaris, the Pole Star. It is directly above the North Pole, however it won`t always be the case. As the solar system orbits the Galactic Centre, Polaris will move out of place. The equivalent to this sun is Polaris Australis which is the nearest star to the South Pole but not exact. Of years gone by, sailors used to navigate using the Pole Star as a guide.

Meteor Showers

There are 3 Meteor Showers that occur during the year within this constellation based on information gathered from Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland). The ones listed as the ones I've been able to find a date range for. For others if you have the time, you can visit the AMU site, obtains the SL value then use IMO tables to calculate the date. A lot of the Meteor Showers are weak and you need to do a lot of stargazing to spot them.

NameActivityPeak ActivityClosest Star
UrsidsDecember 17-25Dec. 22Kochab

Ursa Minor Facts

NameUrsa Minor
Is a Zodiac Sign No
Brightest StarPolaris
Area255.864 sq. deg.
Percentage of Night Sky0.62%
Size Position56th
Hemisphere Northern
Site Exoplanet Count2
Meteor Shower Count3
Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding ConstellationsCepheus

Ursa Minor Constellation Map

Ursa Minor Constellation Star Map

The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.

List of Stars with Exoplanets in Ursa Minor

StarDistance (Lt. Yrs.)Exoplanet CountDeclinationRight Ascension
HD 120084328.461+78d 03` 51.613h 42m 39.38
HD 15070692.061+79d 47` 24.016h 31m 17.27

List of Named Stars in Ursa Minor without Extrasolar Planets

As there's so many stars in the cosmos, not all the stars are listed here. The site has lots of stars not listed so if your star isn't listed and you know the Henry Draper or Hipparcos ID, type https://www.universeguide.com/star/ then followed by the HIPNNNNNN or HDNNNN where NNNNN is the number part of the name. The stars that I do list have either a traditional name, a bayer or other classification name.

StarDistance (Lt. Yrs.)DeclinationRight Ascension
11 Ursae Minoris398.25+71d 49` 26.015h 17m 05.88
14 Ursae Minoris202.96+73d 28` 35.115h 21m 30.52
19 Ursae Minoris617.73+75d 52` 39.116h 10m 49.53
20 Ursae Minoris653.63+75d 12` 38.116h 12m 32.20
24 Ursae Minoris152.91+86d 58` 04.917h 30m 46.97
3 Ursae Minoris426.92+74d 35` 37.514h 06m 56.48
4 Ursae Minoris456.81+77d 32` 50.814h 08m 51.01
5 Ursae Minoris358.82+75d 41` 45.414h 27m 31.52
8 Ursae Minoris521.86+74d 54` 03.314h 56m 48.32
9 Ursae Minoris111.17+71d 45` 54.915h 00m 27.71
Akhfa al Farkadain368.96+77d 47` 40.215h 44m 03.46
Anwar Al Farkadain96.99+75d 45` 16.916h 17m 30.50
Epsilon Ursae Minoris303.97+82d 02` 14.116h 45m 58.16
Kochab130.94+74d 09` 19.714h 50m 42.40
Lambda Ursae Minoris886.31+89d 02` 15.817h 16m 57.26
Pherkad486.81+71d 50` 02.315h 20m 43.75
Pi Ursae Minoris71.26+80d 26` 54.015h 29m 11.97
Pi-2 Ursae Minoris70.17+80d 27` 00.015h 29m 24.36
Pi-3 Ursae Minoris391.55+79d 58` 59.215h 39m 38.72
Polaris432.58+89d 15` 50.902h 31m 47.08
Polaris Ab
Polaris B+89 d 51 ` 38.1
RR Ursae Minoris459.38+65d 55` 56.614h 57m 35.12
S Ursae Minoris2452.36+78d 38` 00.215h 29m 34.66
Theta Ursae Minoris856.07+77d 20` 57.615h 31m 25.05
U Ursae Minoris858.32+66d 47` 39.114h 17m 19.90
UY Ursae Minoris153.13+87d 42` 00.012h 15m 20.67
V Ursae Minoris1279.07+74d 18` 36.413h 38m 41.03
VX Ursae Minoris151.99+75d 17` 51.617h 01m 40.08
W Ursae Minoris1598.84+86d 11` 59.416h 08m 27.37
Yildun172.12+86d 35` 10.817h 32m 12.90

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