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The word Arctic comes from the Greek word arktos meaning bear and the adjective arktikos "of the bear". The name refers either to the constellation Ursa Major, the "Great Bear", which is prominent in the northern portion of the celestial sphere, or to the constellation Ursa Minor, the "Little Bear", which contains Polaris, the Pole star, also known as the North Star
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