National Geographic : 1943 Jul
In May, Ursa Minor (the Little Bear) Balances on His Tail Tip, the North Star THIS CONSTELLATION, often called the Little Dipper, swings continuously around Polaris, which is at the end of the handle. Enveloping the Little Bear in its folds, the snakelike body of Draco (the Dragon) twists downward and then raises its brilliant lozenge shaped head erect. Near the zenith, over the curving tail of Ursa Major, are the Hunting Dogs, Canes Venatici. Farther south is a star cluster of delicate beauty, Coma Berenices (the Hair of Berenice). Just east of Bootes lies the splendid circlet of stars forming Corona (the Northern Crown). In May Jupiter has moved well to the west and Saturn has set. Only the rapid eastward motion of Mars keeps it still above the horizon in the northern sky. Low in the southern sky this month you can see two ancient constellations, Centaurus (the Centaur) and Lupus (the Wolf). We have not included them among our constellation drawings because they are so far south. Centaurus should not be confused with the figure of a centaur we have used for our picture of Sagittarius (p. 106). The evening sky map for May also serves for the morning sky of January 15 at 6:30 a.m .; February 1, 5:30 a.m .; February 15, 4:30 a.m .; March 1, 3:30 a.m.; March 15, 2:30 a.m .