How many stars are in the Big Dipper?
There are seven stars in the Big Dipper: Dubhe, Merak, Phad, Megrez, Alioth, Mizar and Alkaid.
Dubhe and Merak, the stars on the outside of the Big Dipper’s basin, are sometimes called The Pointers because they point to Polaris, also known as the North Star. Alone, the seven stars of the Big Dipper form an asterism (a relatively small star pattern), not a constellation. However, they are also part of Ursa Major, a real-life constellation that forms the bear’s hips and tail.