March 05, 2006

Funeral procession

Alkaid, Mizar, Alioth, Megrez, Phecda, Merak and Dubhe.

What am I talking about?

Bonus #1: Why are Merak and Dubhe useful?

Bonus #2: At least two things are special about Mizar. What are they?

Bonus #3: Why does this post have that title?

No googling.

2 comments:

Akshay said...

They are all stars in ursa major .
I know mizar is a double star
Also if I remember correctly they form what people think look daugthers in funeral procession
I don't know about merak and dubhe.
Looks like joining the astronomy club in school finally paid off.

Venu said...

These are stars in Ursa Major ( Great Bear), also called Sapta rishi constellation.
Merak and Dubhe are used to site the North Star.
Mizar has a (faint) companion star called Alcor.
The slow movement of these stars around the North pole could be thought of as resembling a funeral procession.