Big Dipper

Throughout time, the Big Dipper has been a major navigational tool. It has been recognized by many societies, and by many names. It consist of seven stars, most notable, the North Star, Polaris.

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How far apart are the stars?

Stars can be as close as a few million kilometers to as far as trillions and trillions of kilometers.

There is no real answer as distance relies on the objects in question and with trillions of objects to compare against, the answers would be of a magnitude far greater than the human brain could comprehend.

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What constellation contains the big dipper?

The "Big Dipper" is an asterism in the constellation of Ursa Major.

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How can you see the big dipper upside down?

Stand on your head! dummys

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What did the ancient Greeks think the big dipper look like?

Teapot

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How far away are the stars in the big dipper in light years?

2

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What is the mythology of Ursa Major the group of stars commonly known as the Big Dipper?

Ursa Major, the great bear, was supposed to be a nymph called Callisto. She was vowed to the service of the goddess Artemis, and was supposed to remain a virgin. However she was seduced/tricked (depending on the version of the myth) by Zeus and bore a son, Arcas. Hera, out of jealousy transformed her into a bear. Years later, Arcas, unknowing, was about to shoot her when Zeus saved her by turning Arcas into a bear too. He placed them both in the sky, with Arcas becoming the Little Bear, Ursa Minor.

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The big dipper is part of this constellation?

Ursa Major (the Great Bear)

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Why was the big dipper a good guide for slave s to follow?

The Big Dipper was an easily discernible constellation, always located due north. Also, it's "pointer stars" pointed to the North Star in Usra Minor, the north star being "true" north. There was an old spiritual called "Follow the Drinkin' Gourd" (dipper), which slaves sang to teach each other about always moving north (toward freedom) as they did most of their moving at night, when they were hidden by darkness.

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In fighting is it good to have big bony knuckles or just regular?

well when your fighting its best to have big knuckles, i don't know about having a bony hand, but your knuckles, the bigger the better when your fighting because it feels like a bigger rock hitting a person, but mostly what your born with is what you have, unless your a professional fighter, then you can condition your knuckles and make them a bit bigger by punching a wooden board rapping in rope.

Disclaimer: i do not suggest any of these, but they are just pieces of information i have picked up from different Internet sites and my own knowledge. i take no responsibility if someone hurts themselves from my advice.

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Explain how you could use a planisphere to demonstrate how the Big Dipper can sometimes appear upside down?

if you do it at a different time and turn the planisphere, then look at the Big Dipper and it might be upside down. I know it cuz im learnin bout it, RIGHT NOW! lol

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Which of the follwowing resembles the shape of the constellation Small Dipper?

Call me paranoid, but I can't shake the feeling that along with this question in

your homework or your book, there were a bunch of little sketches. I can't tell

you which one it is if I can't see the little sketches.

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Where is the big dipper located?

The big dipper only appears to be a unit when viewed from Earth. The stars it is composed of are spread over a fair amount of territory.

  • Dubhe and Merak are 28 light years apart
  • Merak and Phecda are 17 light years apart
  • Phecda and Megrez are 23 light years apart
  • Megrez and Alioth are 8 light years away apart
  • Alioth and Mizar are 21 light years apart
  • Alkaid and Mizar are 123 light years away apart
  • Dubhe and Alkaid, are 173 light years apart
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How is the north star found by using the big dipper?

Look for the 2 stars on the right of the big dipper (that make up the "bowl") and draw an imaginary line between them. Then extend that line upwards and the next bright star you see is Polaris. If you go too far you will see the W shape of Cassiopeia.

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Is the big dipper located in the milkyway galaxy?

No its actually not.

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Is the big dipper's real name the big dipper?

It's formal name is Ursa Major.

However, it has many names depending on the location, culture and period.

  • UK - Plough or saucepan
  • North UK - Butcher's Cleaver, Charlie's Waggon or wagon
  • Ireland - Starry Plough
  • Scandinavia - Karlavagnen, Karlsvogna, or Karlsvognen
  • Netherlands - Steelpannetje (saucepan)
  • Finland - Otava
  • Hungary - Göncölszekér ("Göncöl's cart")
  • Hindu - (Vrihat) Sapta Rishi
  • China - pinyin
  • Japan - hokutoshichisei
  • Vietname - chòm sao
  • Malaysia - Buruj Biduk (The Ladle)
  • Mongolia - Seven Gods
  • Arabia - the four stars of the bowl is a coffin, with the three stars in the handle as mourners, following it.
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What did slaves call the big dipper?

freedom star

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What did the ancient egyptians call the big dipper?

Hippopotamus

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Which constellations is the Big Dipper part of?

The big bear (Ursa Major).

The big bear (Ursa Major).

The big bear (Ursa Major).

The big bear (Ursa Major).

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What is Saturn's period of revolution in days?

Saturn takes 10,759.50 days per orbit.

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Where can you find Big John's Beans?

Big John's Beans 'N Fixin's has been discontinued by ConAgraFoods. Any stores you find selling

this product most likely have a very limited supply.You can learn more about them at Bean ...

www.ryanbuck.com/Secondary/bigjohns.htm .

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What is the dipper that polaris belongs to?

Ursa Minor, (Little Bear), also known as the tail end of the Little Dipper.

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Does the big dipper touch the little dipper?

The stars themselves don't touch, no. The constellations Ursa Major and Ursa Minor do border each other, if that's what you were trying to ask.

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What does the big dipper look like?

Spoon

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What is the use of using the big dipper to find the north star?

Constellations

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Explain why the big dipper and the little dipper are not separate constellations?

Quite simply, this is the way constellations are defined. Constellations are arbitrary groupings of stars; somebody considered that a certain group of stars looks like a bear, and called it "big bear". This is one of the 88 official constellations recognized by modern Astronomy; you can look for other images in the stars, i.e., groups of stars. Those groups might be part of a constellation, or they may span more than one constellation. The Big Dipper happens to be part of a larger "official" constellation: the Big Bear (Ursa Major).

Quite simply, this is the way constellations are defined. Constellations are arbitrary groupings of stars; somebody considered that a certain group of stars looks like a bear, and called it "big bear". This is one of the 88 official constellations recognized by modern Astronomy; you can look for other images in the stars, i.e., groups of stars. Those groups might be part of a constellation, or they may span more than one constellation. The Big Dipper happens to be part of a larger "official" constellation: the Big Bear (Ursa Major).

Quite simply, this is the way constellations are defined. Constellations are arbitrary groupings of stars; somebody considered that a certain group of stars looks like a bear, and called it "big bear". This is one of the 88 official constellations recognized by modern Astronomy; you can look for other images in the stars, i.e., groups of stars. Those groups might be part of a constellation, or they may span more than one constellation. The Big Dipper happens to be part of a larger "official" constellation: the Big Bear (Ursa Major).

Quite simply, this is the way constellations are defined. Constellations are arbitrary groupings of stars; somebody considered that a certain group of stars looks like a bear, and called it "big bear". This is one of the 88 official constellations recognized by modern Astronomy; you can look for other images in the stars, i.e., groups of stars. Those groups might be part of a constellation, or they may span more than one constellation. The Big Dipper happens to be part of a larger "official" constellation: the Big Bear (Ursa Major).

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