May

Locate  Polaris using the pointer stars in The Big Dipper.  Polaris is the brightest star in Ursa Minor, The Lesser Bear which contains the asterism known as The Little Dipper.  In fact Polaris is the star which is at the very end of the handle of The Little Dipper.  Since most of the other stars in The Little Dipper are so much fainter than Polaris, you will need a moonless night at a very dark site to see the entire dipper shape depicted in Figure 20.

 

Figure 20: May constellations near the meridian.

            Once you have seen the cup section of The Little Dipper, trace out the winding shape of the faint stars in Draco, The Dragon.  Of course, the moon will need to be absent from the sky when you attempt this.

 

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