Big Dipper

The Big Dipper is an "asterism" -- a group of stars that forms an easy-to-see pattern, but that's not a constellation in its own right. It forms the body and tail of the constellation Ursa Major, the big bear. The Big Dipper is found in the northern sky, and the outer stars in its bowl can be used to "point" to Polaris, the North Star.

Radio Programs

Bear’s Nose The shiny nose of the great bear Sunday, May 10, 2015
Rising Dipper A brief disappearance for the Big Dipper Sunday, December 7, 2014
Outcast Star A stellar outcast in the Big Dipper Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Bear’s Lodge Looking down from the Big Dipper Saturday, April 19, 2014
Dubhe A bright orphan in the Big Dipper Saturday, February 15, 2014
Water Carriers Starry vessels in the midnight sky Thursday, August 8, 2013
Alkaid Anchoring the Big Dipper Sunday, July 28, 2013
Megrez Holding together the Big Dipper Saturday, July 27, 2013
Star Wheel Whirling around the North Star Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Bear Watcher Keeping an eye on the big bear Monday, August 27, 2012
Bear’s Nose The great bear’s shiny nose Sunday, May 27, 2012
Dueling Dippers Stirring up the starry night sky Friday, February 10, 2012
Moving Dipper A stellar family spreads out Friday, February 25, 2011
Changing Skies Looking forward to the Big Handivac Thursday, February 24, 2011
Dubhe Skies as different from ours as night and day Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Alkaid The "leading" star of the Big Dipper Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Celestial Clock Ticking off the hours of the night Monday, January 31, 2011
Mizar and Alcor Galloping across the northern sky Saturday, June 19, 2010
Boötes Plowing a furrow among the stars Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Alkaid Getting a handle on the Big Dipper Sunday, May 9, 2010
Double Dippers Dipping into the mythology of the sky Saturday, April 3, 2010
Closest Black Hole? A record-setting stellar neighbor Tuesday, March 23, 2010


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