Be honest with yourself: How much do you know about the Big Dipper?
The answer is – not enough! Get big ones (facts, that is) on the more sizable of the Dippers right here:
- The Big Dipper isn’t a constellation. What?! Seriously. The formation is actually an asterism and part of the constellation Ursa Major.
- In 50,000 years, the Big Dipper will change shape and might resemble… a Big Iron. Or something.
- In other countries, the Big Dipper is referred to as the Plough, the Saucepan, the Great Wagon, and the Big Bear.
- The ‘dipper’ in Big Dipper is referring to a ladle – that’s a lot of soup!
- The Big Dipper has been used on flags (including Alaska’s state flag) and many company logos.