Ursa Minor

Ursa Minor
/err"seuh muy"neuhr/, gen. Ursae Minoris /err"see mi nawr"is, -nohr"-/. Astron.
the Little or Lesser Bear, the northernmost constellation, containing the stars that form the Little Dipper, the outermost of which, at the end of the handle, is Polaris.
[1590-1600]

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(Latin: “Lesser Bear”),also called  The Little Bear,  

      in astronomy, a constellation of the northern sky, seven of whose stars outline the Little Dipper. Polaris (Alpha Ursae Minoris), at the end of the Little Dipper's handle, marks (roughly) the position of the north celestial pole. The constellation lies at about 15 hours right ascension and 80° north declination.

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  • Ursa Minor — Ursa Ur sa, n. [L. ursa a she bear, also, a constellation, fem. of ursus a bear. Cf. {Arctic}.] (Astron.) Either one of the Bears. See the Phrases below. [1913 Webster] {Ursa Major} [L.], the Great Bear, one of the most conspicuous of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ursa Minor — n. [L, lit., Little Bear] a N constellation surrounded by Draco and containing the north celestial pole and the Little Dipper; the Little Bear or the Bear: see also POLARIS …   English World dictionary

  • Ursa Minor — Infobox Constellation name =Ursa minor abbreviation = UMi genitive = Ursae Minoris symbology = The Little Bear RA = 15 dec= +75 areatotal = 256 arearank = 56th numbermainstars = 7 numberbfstars = 23 numberstarsplanets = 1 numberbrightstars = 2… …   Wikipedia

  • Ursa Minor — Daten des Sternbildes Kleiner Bär Deutscher Name Kleiner Bär, Kleiner Wagen Lateinischer Name Ursa Minor Lateinischer Genitiv Ursae Minoris Lateinische Abkürzung UMi Lage am Himmelsnordpol …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Ursa minor — Daten des Sternbildes Kleiner Bär Deutscher Name Kleiner Bär, Kleiner Wagen Lateinischer Name Ursa Minor Lateinischer Genitiv Ursae Minoris Lateinische Abkürzung UMi Lage am Himmelsnordpol …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Ursa Minor — n. = the Little Bear (see BEAR(2)). Etymology: L, = lesser bear * * * Ursa Minor 7 [ˌɜːsə ˈmaɪnə(r)] [ˌɜːrsə] (also the ˌLittle ˈBear …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ursa Minor — Bear Bear (b[^a]r), n. [OE. bere, AS. bera; akin to D. beer, OHG. bero, pero, G. b[ a]r, Icel. & Sw. bj[ o]rn, and possibly to L. fera wild beast, Gr. fh r beast, Skr. bhalla bear.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any species of the genus {Ursus},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ursa Minor — /ɜsə ˈmaɪnə/ (say ersuh muynuh) noun (genitive Ursae Minoris /ɜsi məˈnɔrəs/ (say ersee muh nawruhs)) a northern constellation containing the stars forming the Little Dipper, the outermost of which (at the end of the tail of Ursa Minor) is Polaris …   Australian-English dictionary

  • Ursa Minor — Ursa Mi|nor a group of stars in the northern sky, close to Ursa Major, which can easily be seen from Earth, and which includes the ↑Pole Star. It is also called the Little Bear or (in the US) the Little Dipper …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Ursa Minor — Kleiner Wagen; Kleiner Bär * * * Ụrsa Minor   [lateinisch], das Sternbild Kleiner Bär …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Ursa Minor — noun Etymology: Latin (genitive Ursae Minoris), literally, lesser bear Date: 1638 a constellation that includes the north pole of the heavens and the stars which form the Little Dipper with the North Star at the tip of the handle called also… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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