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Mountain Skies: The Big Dipper Dominates The Far North Sky

 

Last updated 5/18/2020 at 12:33pm

The Stars

This is a good time of the year to observe the Big Dipper, also known as the Drinking Gourd. Early in the evening, we can find it high in the north lying with the dipper open downward. By 3 a.m. it will have swung over to the northwest. Since the Little Dipper is below the Big Dipper in the early evening, it appears that the Big Dipper is "pouring" its contents into its smaller namesake. Except for two stars, one each at the end of the handle and the tip of the bowl, the remaining five stars in the Big Dipper are all at approximately the same distance from us, about 80 light...



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