Ursa Major - Downloadable article
Far from the Milky Way's glow, Ursa Major offers up the Big Dipper and galactic riches.
March 3, 2009
|This downloadable article is from an Astronomy magazine 45-article series called "Celestial Portraits." The collection highlights all 88 constellations in the sky and explains how to observe each constellation's deep-sky targets. The articles feature star charts, stunning pictures, and constellation mythology. We've put together 11 digital packages. Each one contains four Celestial Portraits articles for you to purchase and download.|
"Ursa Major" is one of four articles included in Celestial Portraits Package 1.
"I have ... a terrible need ... shall I say the word? ... of religion. Then I go out at night and paint stars." — Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh not only painted the stars, but he used the seven most prominent stars in Ursa Major as a focal point in his work "Starry Night on the Rhone." In this, the first installment in a series of observing pieces, we focus in on van Gogh's subject, Ursa Major, and its wondrous galaxies.
Undoubtedly the best known grouping in the northern sky, the seven brightest stars in Ursa Major form a universally recognizable pattern. It is familiar to cultures across the globe and carries such eclectic names as the Plough, Butcher's Cleaver, Saint Peter's Skiff, Thor's Wagon, Charles's Wain, Bull's Thigh, Saucepan, and Chariot. To us, this humble grouping is popularly known as the Big Dipper. To read the complete article, purchase and download Celestial Portraits Package 1.
|Deep-sky objects in Ursa Major|
NGC 2976, M81 (NGC 3031), M82 (NGC 3034), NGC 3079, NGC 3077, NGC 3184, IC 2574, UGC 6016, NGC 3448, Lalande 21185, M108 (NGC 3556), M97 (NGC 3587), NGC 3726, NGC 3877, M109 (NGC 3992), T UMa, S UMa, Mizar, M101 (NGC 5457)