What is The Little Dipper?
The Little Dipper is a group of stars (an asterism) in the constellation Ursa minor (The Little Bear). This group of stars ends at Polaris, the pole star of the Northern Hemisphere. LOCAL ARM The Local Arm is the arm of the Milky Way Galaxy where our solar system is located. It is also called the Orion Arm.
The little dipper is in our Milky Way Galaxy, actually not all that far from us. It is above the big dipper, so that it appears to be pouring into the big dipper. If you can see the north star, that is the tail (or end of the handle) of the little dipper. The middle stars of the little dipper are somewhat faint, but the two outside stars of the top and bottom of the…
The little dipper got its name because it looks like the big dipper. Both of these constellations have points that when connected resembled a dipper or large spoon. The little dipper is so named because it looked like a small ladle, opposed to large ladle of the big dipper. It was originally known as Ursa Minor, or little bear.