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A star in the Big Dipper, in the constellation Ursa Major, approximately 82 light years from Earth.

[Short for Arabic maġriz aḏ-ḏanab ad-dubb al-'akbar, the root of the tail of the greater bear, from maġriz, root, from ġaraza, to prick, insert; see ġrz in Semitic roots.]
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It is also known as "female circumcision" or "cutting", and by other terms such as sunna, gudniin, halalays, tahur, megrez and khitan.
May evenings are an ideal time to begin by seeking out Z Ursae Majoris, a particularly interesting variable star situated near Megrez, the star at the base of the Big Dipper's handle.
Their names, in order from the lip of the bowl to the end of the handle, are Dubhe, Merak, Phecda, Megrez, Alioth, Mizar, and Alkaid.
I had brought my standard eclipse equipment which consists of a Canon EOS-550D camera and a Megrez 72 refractor which I use with a *2 Barlow.
The seven stars of the Big Dipper are known by a variety of names including the traditional set Dubhe, Merak, Phecda, Megrez, Alioth, Mizar, and Alkaid.
It was a translation of "circumcision" or "cleansing" from a number of local languages (e.g., tahara, khitan meknishab, kurua, megrez).
Province Star in Big Dipper Yong Kui shu "Chief" "Pivot" Dubhe Ji Xuan "Whorl; Rotator" Merak Qing, Yan Ji "Axis; Armillary" Phecda Yang, Xu Quan "Balance; Scales" Megrez Jing Heng "Balance arm" Alioth Liang Kaiyang "Yang initiator" Mizar Yu Yaoguang "Twinkling Benetnash brilliance"
Additionally, the least bright star of the Big Dipper's seven, Megrez, is a surprisingly dim magnitude 3.3.
The main image was taken with a Megrez 72 fitted with SXV-H9 CCD on March 18 at 21:22UT (5x120s exposure) while the inset image, which clearly shows the supernova, was taken with a Celestron C11 and ST9XE CCD combination at 21:18UT (10x60s exposure).
The visit was captured by BAA members Nick James and Peter Hudson and Nick's image, photographed from his observatory in Chelmsford, Essex using a Megrez 72 refractor and Canon EOS 10D camera is shown here.
As plotted on the all-sky chart at the center of this magazine, it's the second star from the tip of Draco's tail and makes a readily recognizable triangle with Megrez ([delta]) and Dubhe ([alpha]) in the Big Dipper.
Manufacturer Discovery Telescopes William Optics Model 15" f/5 PDHQ Megrez 80 Apo Price (US$) $1,799 $1,975 ** (incl.