U R S A    M A J O R

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Ursa Major is one of the oldest Constellations. It contains the famous asterism, The Big Dipper! This constellation is probably the most easily recognizable star pattern in the entire sky. Almost every culture around the world throughout the ages had stories about the seven stars that we call the 'Big Dipper'.
If you think of the constellations as a giant puzzle in the sky, then the 1st piece you would start with is the Big Dipper. It is the key to the puzzle of learning the night sky. Because of its bright stars and the distinctive Big Dipper pattern, Ursa Major is one of the easiest constellations to find. Also, because it is located near the North Pole of the sky, it never sets, and can be found all night as it rotates around the pole. This type of constellation is called 'Circumpolar'.
The Big Dipper is part of the constellation 'Ursa Major', the Great Bear. Several ancient cultures saw the shape of a bear among these stars. However, some middle age European peoples also saw what looked like a wagon or wain, and you might see this asterism referred to as the Great Wain in old English literature.
I've listed a number of interesting stories about Ursa Major from around the world on my 'Star Myths' page.



12/30/1983 - 15 seconds, Minolta XG-1 50mm, B&W
04/23/1984 - 5 minutes, Minolta XG-1 50mm, B&W


"the Dippers" - 06/14/2012

5mm Canon CCTV lens, StellaCam-II 2 seconds



Deep-Sky objects located in this Constellation:


M40 (double star)
06/19/2009 - 8" SCT f10, StellaCam-EX 2.5 seconds        - 03/16/1991 - 8" Dob f4.5, 16mm 57x
   



M81 & M82 (galaxy)    - 06/03/2013
50mm Refractor & Stellacam-II 8 seconds



M81 (galaxy)
06/25/2003 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-EX 2.5 seconds        - 03/03/1987 - 13.1" Dob f4.5, 12mm 92x
   




M81 (galaxy) - 06/15/2012 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 90 seconds




M82 (galaxy)
06/25/2003 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-EX 2.5 seconds        - 03/03/1987 - 13.1" Dob f4.5, 12mm 92x
   

M82 - 06/08/2013 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 60 seconds




SN2014J (M82) - 04/24/2014 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 20 seconds





M82 (galaxy) - 06/15/2018 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 120 seconds




M97 (planetary nebula)
05/14/2010 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-II 8 seconds        - 06/09/1991 - 8" Dob f4.5, 16mm 57x
   


M97 'Owl Nebula' - 06/02/2011 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 30 seconds




M97 (planetary nebula) "Owl" - 06/14/2012 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 90 seconds




M101 (galaxy) 'Pinwheel Galaxy' - 06/02/2011 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 30 seconds




M101 - Supernova - 08/25/2011 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 @ 25 seconds




M101 (galaxy) - 06/15/2012 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 90 seconds





M101
05/31/2016 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 120 seconds        05/18/2017 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 180 seconds
      


M108 (galaxy)
05/14/2010 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-II 8 seconds        - 06/09/1991 - 8" Dob f4.5, 16mm 57x
   

M108 - 06/04/2013 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 15 seconds




M109 (galaxy)
05/14/2010 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-II 8 seconds        - 06/09/1991 - 8" Dob f4.5, 16mm 57x
   


NGC 2629 & 2641 (galaxy) - 06/20/2017 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds







NGC 2639 (galaxy) - 06/13/2015 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds




NGC 2650 (galaxy) - 06/20/2017 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds





NGC 2681 (galaxy) - 06/02/2011 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 8 seconds



NGC 2685 (galaxy) - 06/01/2016 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds





NGC2692 & UGC4671 (galaxy) - 08/29/2016 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds





NGC 2742 (galaxy) - 06/03/2013 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 20 seconds



NGC 2768 (galaxy) - 06/02/2011 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 15 seconds



NGC 2787 (galaxy) - 06/02/2011 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 15 seconds



NGC 2841 (galaxy) - 06/03/2013 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 20 seconds



NGC 2950 (galaxy) - 06/03/2013 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 20 seconds



NGC 2976 (galaxy) - 06/03/2013 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 20 seconds



NGC 2985 (galaxy) - 06/03/2013 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 20 seconds



NGC 3027 (galaxy) - 06/20/2017 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds





NGC 3043 (galaxy) - 06/20/2017 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds





NGC 3063, 3065 & 3066 (double star & galaxies) - 08/11/2015 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds




NGC 3077 (galaxy) - 06/03/2013 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 20 seconds



NGC 3073 & 3079 (galaxy) - 06/03/2013 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 20 seconds



NGC 3102 (galaxy) - 06/20/2017 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds





NGC 3182 (galaxy) - 06/20/2017 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds





NGC 3184 (galaxy) - 06/03/2013 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 25 seconds



NGC 3188 & 3188A (galaxy) - 06/20/2017 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds





NGC 3198 (galaxy) - 06/03/2013 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 20 seconds





NGC 3259 (galaxy) - 08/11/2015 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds




NGC 3310 (galaxy) - 06/03/2013 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 20 seconds





NGC 3348 (galaxy) - 08/11/2015 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds




NGC 3353 (galaxy) - 06/01/2016 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds





NGC 3359 (galaxy) - 06/02/2011 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 15 seconds



NGC 3440 (galaxy) - 06/01/2016 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds





NGC 3445 (galaxy) - 06/01/2016 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds





NGC 3458 (galaxy) - 06/01/2016 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds







NGC 3516 (galaxy) - 08/11/2015 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds




NGC 3610 (galaxy) - 06/03/2013 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 20 seconds



NGC 3613 (galaxy) - 06/03/2013 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 20 seconds



NGC 3619 & 3625 (galaxy) - 06/03/2013 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 20 seconds



NGC 3631 (galaxy) - 06/02/2011 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 15 seconds



NGC 3642 (galaxy) - 06/13/2015 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds



NGC 3665 (galaxy) - 03/08/2013 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 25 seconds



NGC 3675 (galaxy) - 06/03/2013 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 20 seconds



NGC 3683 (galaxy) - 06/13/2015 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds



NGC 3690 & IC694 (galaxy) - 06/13/2015 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds



NGC 3718 & 3729 (galaxy) - 06/03/2013 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 20 seconds



NGC 3726 (galaxy) - 06/02/2011 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 20 seconds



NGC 3738 (galaxy) - 06/13/2015 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds



NGC 3756 (galaxy) - 06/13/2015 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds



NGC 3769 & 3769A (galaxy) - 06/13/2015 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds



NGC 3780 (galaxy) - 06/13/2015 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds



NGC3782 (galaxy) - 06/13/2015 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds



NGC 3813 (galaxy) - 06/03/2013 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 20 seconds



NGC 3838 (galaxy) - 06/03/2013 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 20 seconds



NGC 3877 (galaxy) - 06/03/2013 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 20 seconds



NGC 3888, MCG919183 & 919191, and MAC11475559 (galaxy) - 08/04/2016 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds





NGC 3893 & 3896 (galaxy) - 06/02/2011 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 15 seconds



NGC 3898 (galaxy) - 06/03/2013 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 20 seconds



NGC 3916 & 3921 (galaxy) - 06/01/2016 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds





NGC 3938 (galaxy) - 06/03/2013 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 20 seconds



NGC 3941 (galaxy) - 06/03/2013 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 20 seconds



NGC 3945 (galaxy) - 06/03/2013 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 20 seconds



NGC 3949 (galaxy) - 06/03/2013 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 20 seconds



NGC 3953 (galaxy) - 06/03/2013 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 20 seconds



NGC 3963 (galaxy) - 06/01/2016 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds





NGC 3972, 3977 & 3982 (galaxy) - 06/03/2013 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 20 seconds



NGC 3990 & 3998 (galaxy) - 06/03/2013 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 20 seconds



NGC 3991, 3994 & 3995 (galaxy) - 06/04/2013 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 20 seconds



NGC 4026 (galaxy) - 06/04/2013 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 20 seconds



NGC 4036 & 4041 (galaxy) - 06/04/2013 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 20 seconds



NGC 4051 (galaxy) - 06/02/2011 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 15 seconds



NGC 4085 & 4088 (galaxy) - 06/04/2013 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 20 seconds



NGC 4100 (galaxy) - 06/01/2016 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds





NGC 4102 (galaxy) - 06/04/2013 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 20 seconds



NGC 4144 (galaxy) - 06/01/2016 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds





NGC 4157 (galaxy) - 08/04/2016 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds





NGC 4271 (galaxy) - 08/04/2016 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds





NGC 4284 & 4290 (galaxy) - 06/01/2016 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds







NGC 4605 (galaxy) - 08/07/2015 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds






NGC 4814 (galaxy) - 08/07/2015 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds






NGC 5204 (galaxy) - 08/07/2015 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds






NGC 5205 (galaxy) - 08/07/2015 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds






NGC 5308 (galaxy) - 08/07/2015 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds




NGC 5322 (galaxy) - 06/04/2013 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 20 seconds





NGC 5376 (galaxy) - 08/07/2015 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds






NGC 5379 & 5389 (galaxy) - 08/07/2015 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds






NGC 5422 (galaxy) - 08/07/2015 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds






NGC 5430 (galaxy) - 08/07/2015 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds






NGC 5443 (galaxy) - 08/07/2015 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds




NGC 5447 (galaxy knot in M101) - 08/04/2016 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds






NGC 5448 (galaxy) - 08/07/2015 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds




NGC 5462 (galaxy knot in M101) - 08/04/2016 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds





NGC 5473 (galaxy) - 06/04/2013 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 20 seconds



NGC 5474 (galaxy) - 06/04/2013 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 20 seconds





NGC 5480 & 5481 (galaxy) - 08/07/2015 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds






NGC 5484, 5485 & 5486 (galaxy) - 08/07/2015 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds






NGC 5585 (galaxy) - 08/07/2015 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds




NGC 5631 (galaxy) - 06/04/2013 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 20 seconds



UGC 5459 (galaxy) - 06/03/2016 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds









Hope you enjoyed the visit. Come again soon!
Larry McHenry,   Pittsburgh, PA. USA

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