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Ursa Minor

Ur·sa Mi·nor / ˈərsə ˈmīnər/ Astron. a northern constellation (the Little Bear) that contains the north celestial pole and the polar star Polaris. The brightest stars form a shape that is also known as the Little Dipper. ∎  [as genitive] (Ur·sae Mi·nor·is / ˈərsē miˈnôris/ ) used with a preceding letter or numeral to designate a star in this constellation: the star Alpha Ursae Minoris.

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Ursa Minor

Ursa Minor Constellation that contains the north celestial pole. Its brightest star is Alpha, the Pole Star. The constellation's seven main stars make a pattern resembling a faint and distorted plough.

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Ursa Minor

Ursa Minor a northern constellation (the Little Bear), which contains the north celestial pole and the pole star Polaris. The brightest stars form a shape that is also known as the Little Dipper.

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