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The Plough asterism in Ursa Major


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The Plough asterism in Ursa Major

The Plough. This asterism (group of stars) is part of the much larger constellation Ursa Major, most of which is out of frame. The asterism is familiar to amateur astronomers as it is bright and can be used to find other important stars in the sky. A line drawn through the two stars at right can be extended upwards to meet the pole star Polaris (not seen), while the handle of the Plough can be followed round to find the bright star Arcturus (not seen)

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This print showcases the mesmerizing beauty of the Plough asterism in Ursa Major, also known as the Big Dipper or Great Bear. While only a portion of this magnificent constellation is captured within the frame, its brilliance and significance to amateur astronomers remain undeniable. The Plough asterism serves as a guiding light for stargazers, allowing them to navigate through the vastness of our night sky. By drawing an imaginary line connecting the two stars on the right side of this image, one can extend it upwards to meet Polaris, commonly referred to as the pole star (although not visible here). This celestial compass provides orientation and aids in finding other important stars. Moreover, tracing along the handle of The Plough leads us towards Arcturus, another prominent star that unfortunately eludes our sight in this particular photograph. Nevertheless, these interconnected stellar landmarks create a sense of wonderment and curiosity about our place in the cosmos. As we gaze upon this awe-inspiring snapshot from Science Photo Library's collection, we are reminded of humanity's eternal fascination with space and its mysteries. It invites us to explore beyond what meets our eyes and encourages us to delve into cosmology and astronomy - disciplines that unveil profound insights into our universe's grandeur.

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