The Big Dipper

The Big Dipper is a grouping of stars within the constellation Ursa Major, also known as The Great Bear. The best time to view the Big Dipper is on a spring night when it is above the northern horizon. Look for the seven brightest stars of Ursa Major. Once you find these stars, you'll see the "bowl" and "handle" that make up the Big Dipper.

Image credits: main image, courtesy of AMNH; Frank Summers: AMNH.