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Ursa Minor Constellation
Constellation Ursa Minor the Little Bear

Ursa Minor, the Little Bear (UMi)  

(ER-suh MY-ner)


The constellation of Ursa Minor, the Little Bear, is best viewed in Summer during the month of June. It's brightest star is Polaris at magnitude 1.97. The boundary of the Ursa Minor constellation contains 6 stars that host known exoplanets.

      1. Pronunciation:
      2. ER-suh MY-ner
      1. Meaning:
      2. Little Bear
      1. Genitive:
      2. Ursae Minoris
      1. Abbreviation:
      2. UMi
      1. Asterism:
      2. Little Dipper
      1. Constellation Family:
      2. Ursa Major
      1. Hemisphere:
      2. Northern
      1. Quadrant:
      2. NQ3
      1. Best viewing month*:
      2. June
      1. Circumpolar** (N=northern, S=southern):
      2. N
      1. Right Ascension (avg):
      2. 14h 58m
      1. Declination (avg):
      2. 75° 2'
      1. Brightest star:
      2. Polaris  (1.97m)
      1. Stars with planets:
      2. 6
      1. Pulsars:
      2. 1

    * For southern latitudes, flip the season listed. For example, if a constellation is listed as best viewed in the summer in the month of July, in the southern hemisphere the constellation would be best viewed in the winter in January and would be upside-down.

    ** Circumpolar constellations are visible year-round in the hemisphere listed (and not at all in the opposite).