What is the big dipper?

The Big Dipper is part of a constellation named Ursa Major. So the Big Dipper is not a constellation even though people think it is. It is actually called an asterism. yes the big dipper is an constellation ----- This consellation also known as The Plough, which is what it looks like from certain viewpoints on Earth. A constellation - A group of stars that forms a distinct pattern and has a name linked to its shape often derived from Greek mythology. 88 constellations are known and the groupings are historical rather than scientific.