The Big Dipper asterism is found in the constellation Ursa Major, also known as the Great Bear, and is one of the most easily recognizable asterisms in the night sky. It is known all around the world and goes by many names, including the Plough, the Great Wagon, Saptarishi and the Saucepan.
The Southern Cross asterism is the most distinctive feature of the constellation Crux, which is the smallest constellation in the night sky. The Southern Cross is one of the best known asterisms and the most familiar star pattern in the southern hemisphere. It is also one of the easiest asterisms to identify.
The Little Dipper is in the Ursa Minor constellation. Ursa Minor was among the earliest identified constellations. It was included in the Almagest, where Ptolemy listed 48 constellations. Now, it is one of the 88 modern constellations recognized by the International Astronomical Union (IAU).
Even without our telescopes and binoculars, we can still enjoy the spectacle of our night sky. One crowd favorite is the Orion’s Belt Asterism. It is by far one of the easiest to identify in the sky. There are many interesting facts about this asterism that goes beyond time and culture, so let us dive deep into it.