Riding the wave

Ursa Minor - Little Bear

Together with the Great Bear (see myth of) and the Dragon, the Small Bear derives its name from the myth concerning Chronus and his pursuit of his son Zeus and his "nurses". A prophecy of Chronus' parents Uranus and Gaia had in fact predicted that he would be dethroned by one of his children.

According to legend, the two bears took care of the infant god in the cave were he had been hidden, after escaping his father's attempt on his life.

However, a different version interprets the constellation as a representation in the sky of Arcas, the adulterine son of Zeus and the nymph Callisto, herself transformed into Ursa Major, the Big Bear.