The Ursa Major: The Myth Of The Big Dipper

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The Ursa Major is one big constellation made out of smaller asterisms most notably The Big Dipper. The Ursa Major was named after its iconic “Great Bear” shape and usually is visible on freezing winter nights in the northern hemisphere. Ursa Major was mentioned in the bible plenty of times but was not discovered until Ancient Greeks linked it back to the myth of Callisto. The myth states that Callisto swore his loyalty to the goddess Artemis. Zeus spotted Callisto one day and immediately fell in love. Later on, they had a boy named Arcas. Artemis jealous of Zeus, banished Callisto and Zeus’ wife Hera damaged their relationship by transforming Callisto into a bear and set him to the skies. Ursa Major was later officially located and named in

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