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Big and Little Dippers

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Big and Little Dippers, 2 constellations that each resemble a water dipper. The Big Dipper, located in the constellation of Ursa Major (the Great Bear), has 7 stars that are often used as reference points to find other stars. The Little Dipper, a smaller, similar grouping of stars, is fainter except for the North Star, which lies at the end of the Little Dipper's handle. The Little Dipper forms most of the constellation of Ursa Minor, the Little Bear.

See also: Constellation.

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