Finding The Great Bear
There is an interesting similarity between the Great Bear and its earthly counterparts. In winter, earthbound black and brown bears nestle into their dens and hibernate. Likewise, you'll have a hard time tracing the figure of the Great Bear in wintertime, as its stars are low in the sky, close to—or just below—the horizon.
If you're good, however, you can catch a glimpse of this sleepy constellation. And the Big Dipper, the Great Bear's famous star group, can be seen easily all through the winter.
As Spring approaches, Ursa Major climbs higher and higher in the sky, and shines bright and visible all through the warmer months.
As Fall again turns to Winter, it appears to sink closer and closer to the ground, and back out of sight.
Practice spotting the Great Bear by first finding the Big Dipper and tracing the rest from there.
Keep any eye on it throughout the winter—you'll find that as Spring gets closer and closer, this magnificent bear will come out of hibernation!