Big Dipper


Senior Member
Spanish, Argentina
Hello everyone:

Could somebody help me find the Spanish translation for the Big Dipper (the stars in the northern hesmisphere).

Thank you

  • Reynaldo Rochin

    New Member
    Back on time, during the seventies, Jethro Tull released a song called "Too old to rock and roll, too young to die..." and that used to be a nick for ray lomas, the most important person on that L. P. But, what it really means is
    Osa Mayor, as far as I do concern...


    New Member
    English - United States of America
    But the Big Dipper is an asterism -- a smaller part of a constellation (Ursa Major, in this case) that has its own name/identity, not the constellation itself. Is there no term in Spanish for the subgroup of stars in la Osa Mayor which English-speakers call "the Big Dipper"?


    Spain - Spanish and Catalan
    I might get wrong, but I think the Big Dipper is called "el Carro Mayor" in Spanish.

    In Spanish, "el Carro Mayor" are 7 stars from Ursa Major than look like a small saucepan, as if to say.


    New Member
    To clarify, the "big dipper" is not the same as Ursa Major/Ursa Mayor/Osa Mayor... Ursa Major (also known as the Great Bear) is a larger constellation that CONTAINS the 7 stars that make up the Big Dipper. The Great Bear comes from the Greek/Roman constellation system. The Big Dipper, however, is more common in North American Folklore. The two concepts are totally unrelated.

    So saying "The Big Dipper" = Ursa Mayor is like telling someone who ask how you say "arm" in Spanish to just say "cuerpo" (body).

    I came here searching for the answer to this questions but unfortunately I am still unsure. If you want to tell the story of the Big Dipper, it is important that it still be described as a spoon. So calling it a Giant Bear as people have suggested would be confusing. Whenever I tell the story, I am just going to say Cuchara Grande, which although potentially incorrect will certainly be more in the realm of what I would like to convey.

    Reference for those who seek further clarification:
    As you can see Ursa Mayor is NOT the same as the big dipper.
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