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Myth Monday: Ursa Major

Happy Myth Monday!

Today we're sharing the story of Ursa Major:

Ursa Major or “The Great Bear,” is one of the oldest recognized constellation shapes in the night sky. This collection of stars has been the subject of stories well beyond the ancient shores of Greece. Today, however, we’re sharing the Greek story.

In this story, Zeus meets a maiden, Callisto. In his usual fashion, Zeus "falls in love" with Callisto and they bear a son named Arcas. Zeus realizes he needs to protect Callisto and Arcas from Hera’s jealousy and rage, so he turns Callisto and Arcas into bears, grabs them by their tails, and tosses them to the stars.

They live in eternity as constellations known to us as Ursa Major and Ursa Minor.

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