Ursa Minor


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Map created in Guide 7.0 with the figure outline based on Johannes Hevelius' Uranographia (1690). Click on the object's name to access its image or click on the name of adjacent constellation to see its map.


Ursa Minor, the Little Bear, was invented around 600 B.C. to facilitate navigation and is credited to Thales or Phoenicians. It contains Polaris, which is the closest bright star to the North celestial pole in our epoch.


There is a number of faint galaxies in Ursa Minor and among them NGC3172 is the closest one to the North Celestial Pole. NGC6217 offers a much more rewarding view !


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Jan Wisniewski