Ursa Minor, or Little Bear, the constellation of the northern sky that contains the Little Dipper. Ursa Minor is the most northerly of all constellations. Its brightest starPolaris, or the North Staris within approximately one degree of the north celestial pole. Because of this, Polaris never sets in latitudes north of the Equator, and is therefore visible in the Northern Hemisphere sky on any clear night. The second and third brightest stars, forming the end of the Little Dipper's bowl, are called the Guardians of the Pole.
It's your home, and a colossally sized one at that. How much do you know about your galactic digs and their residence amid the yawning universe?
Wolves supposedly howl at it, a fairy tale claims a cow once jumped over it and legends say if you look hard enough, there's a man in it. Yes, the moon has a prominent place in popular culture, but there's a lot you might not know about Earth's little orbiting friend. Why doesn't it have soil? Why is its gravity so important? And are we really thinking of going back soon?