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    bearings, getting one's

    The two stars that form the pouring edge of the bowl of
    the Big Dipper [Ursa Major = big bear] point to ...

    1. the polestar or North Star ... in the constellation
    Ursa Minor [Little Bear]: the outermost star in the
    handle of the Little Dipper.

    Does this explain why, in English, the process of determining
    the direction you face is called "getting one's bearings"?

    9. a horizontal direction expressed in degrees east
    or west of ... north ...

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    I always thought so. :o

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