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Night Sky: Spot the Big Dipper and stars Mizar and Alcor

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If you've ever had trouble locating the Big Dipper, March 24 will be a great night to find the asterism.

Have you ever wanted to find the Big Dipper – known as the Plough in the U.K. or, in Hindu astronomy Saptarishi, after the seven rishis – but just couldn’t spot this famous pattern? Then today’s night sky chart (above) is for you. It shows the Big Dipper on an evening in March, ascending in the northeast during the evening hours. See the Dipper shape? In the early evening in March, the handle of the Dipper is pointing down toward the horizon as it rises. If you are blessed with a dark sky – and have eagle-eye vision – you may be able to see the faint star Alcor next to Mizar, the middle handle star.

[Read the full story at Earth Sky]

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