URSA MAJOR

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Ursa major means larger bear in Latin. Ursa major is see able November 1st through November 10th. Ursa major was one of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd century A.D. astronomer ptoleml. In Greek mythology , Zeus (the king of the gods) chases after a young woman named Callisto, a nymph of Artemis. Hera, Zeus' jealous wife, transforms the beautiful Callisto into a bear. Callisto, while in bear form, later encounters her son Arcas. Arcas almost shoots the bear, but to avert the tragedy, Zeus turns them into bears and puts them in the sky, forming Ursa Major and Ursa Minor.