What Is a Constellation Near the North Star?

The North Star, also known as Polaris, is a part of the constellation Ursa Minor. Ursa Minor is also referred to as the Little Bear or the Little Dipper.

The North Star is the final star in the handle of the Little Dipper or Ursa Minor constellation, which is composed of a total of seven stars. The nearby constellation the Big Dipper or Ursa Major, also known as the Big Bear, is brighter than Ursa Minor and is often used to locate the North Star. The North Star can be located by tracing a line from Dubhe and Merak, two of the stars that constitute part of the Big Dipper's bowl.