Ursa Major

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Synonyms for Ursa Major

a constellation outside the zodiac that rotates around the North Star

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This star is in the Ursa Major constellation, around 15.6 light-years from the Earth, and it forms part of a binary system.
Author's note: Beidou is the Chinese name for the Big Dipper constellation, or Northern Dipper, as given by Chinese astronomers to the seven brightest stars of the Ursa Major constellation.
Many European civilizations saw the Ursa Major constellation as a great bear.
Crotchety Victor, played by Richard Wilson in the TV comedy, is apparently centred on the Ursa Major constellation (the Great Bear), which contributes stars to his eyes, nose and jowls.
The NGC 5308 is a galaxy that lies just under 100 light-years from Earth in the Ursa Major constellation. On Friday, NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) released an edge-on image of this lenticular galaxy, with a host of star clusters encircling it "like bees buzzing around a hive."