Constellation of Ursa Minor

Constellation of Ursa Minor

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Caption: Constellation of Ursa Minor. Optical image of the stars of the northern constellation of Ursa Minor (the Little Bear). Within this constellation is also called the Little Dipper. The brightest star is Polaris (the North Star or Pole Star) or Alpha Ursae Minoris (blue, centre left). This constellation has 7 main stars. It is one of the 88 modern constellations adopted by the International Astronomical Union in 1922.

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