Ursa Major, or Great Bear, the constellation in the northern skies that contains the Big Dipper, a name suggested by the shape of the figure formed by its seven brightest stars. In mid-northern latitudes Ursa Major remains above the horizon day and night the year round. It can therefore be seen on any clear night.
As doomsday theorists look to the sky for signs of a 2012 apocalypse, some believe the planets will align in a way that will spell catastrophe to life on our tiny home turf. Are their observations backed up with sound science?
The sun warms our planet every day, provides the light by which we see and is necessary for life on Earth. But what is it exactly, and what will happen when it burns itself out?