from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The double star in the middle of the handle of the Big Dipper.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A binary star in the constellation Ursa Major; Zeta (ζ) Ursae Majoris.


Arabic mi'zar, cloak, Mizar, from 'azara, to surround; see אzr in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Arabic ميزر (mīzar), meaning a "waistband" or "girdle". (Wiktionary)


  • Mizar is itself a double star, but you need either a high - powered pair of binoculars on a tripod or a telescope at low power to split the components.

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  • One of them is especially remarkable: [zeta], known as Mizar to the Arabs.

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  • It is known as Mizar, and is the middle star (z) of the three which form the tail.

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  • One of them, moreover, Zeta Ursæ, alias Mizar, carries with it three other stars -- Alcor, the Arab "Rider" of the horse, visible to the naked eye, besides a telescopic and a spectroscopic attendant.

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  • The middle star in the Big Dipper's handle is called Mizar, and if you look very carefully at it with just your naked eyes, you'll see that it has company. Local News

  • The wise men of our race call the Big Star "Mizar" one of the chariot horses, and the little star

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  • In the close neighbourhood of Mizar is the small star Alcor, which can be readily seen with the unaided eye; but when we speak of Mizar as a double star, it is not to be understood that Alcor is one of the components of the double.

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  • Mizar and Alcor are ‘naked eye’ doubles, meaning you can see them without telescopic aid.

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  • In 1973 an engineer, trying to make good on Ford's promise, tested the Mizar, a vehicle that was half Cessna, half Pinto (yes, Ford's notorious disco-era clunker).

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  • Alex, Zoe: Next Thrillerfest, when Kim Mizar Stem's organizing the karaoke run, we'll be sure to look for you.

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