Ursa Major, the Greater Bear, walks upright beneath the North Celestial
Pole. The dominant figure, the Big Dipper
(Plough in Britain), mark its hindquarters and tail
The "legs" splay down and to the right, the "snout"
(represented by Muscida) up and
to the right. The star Alcor is just barely seen separated from Mizar.
The central five stars of the
Dipper (and several others) constitute a physical group, the
Ursa Major Cluster. Talitha and Kappa are the
northern and southern stars of the "third leap" of the gazelle; Tania Australis
and Tania Borealis represent the "second leap."
The stars of the third leap (Alula Borealis and Alula Australis) are off
the bottom end of the picture. All three "leaps" appear on the image
of Leo Minor.
Kochab of Ursa Minor is near the top edge to the left,
while Cor Caroli in Canes Venatici
is near the lower edge.
Between Kochab and the Dipper is Thuban in
The hand and fingers of
Bootes lie to the left of Alkaid.