Big Dipper has two names, Ursa Major and the Great Bear.
In Latin, Ursa means “bear”, and major means “larger.” The Big Dipper has two names because it is in the
constellation, “The Great Bear”. The Little Dipper has another name also, Ursa Minor - Latin for “Small
Bear”. The Little Dipper has two
names because it is in the constellation, “The Small Bear”.
|To learn more about the wonderful constellations of the Big Dipper and the Little Dipper, check out your local library or visit www.spaceart.com. That web-site has lots of cool facts on the stars and constellations, as well as facts on many other interesting subjects!|