URSA MAJOR

THIRD PERIOD BY ADDI GARDNER AND RYAN CARDOSO

Myth of Ursa major

The wood-nymph Callisto is a huntress. Jupiter liked her so he went down shaped as the goddess Diana and talked to her. Callisto talked about her hunting exploits he responded by raping her and returned to Olympus Juno found out Callisto bore a son of Jupiter and turned Callisto into a bear. Her son Arcas went hunting and saw his mom in his bear form and almost killed her. Jupiter in mercy turned Arcas into a lesser bear and both of them into constellations.

Stars

Best seen in April

Mizar is famous for being a optical double star

Merak and Dubhe are known as pointer stars because they are helpful for finding Polaris.

Stars of the big dipper all have proper motion.