Official State Star of Utah
Utah designated Dubhe as the official state centennial star in 1996 (Utah's Centennial year). All State Stars
Dubhe (the "h" is silent) is one of the seven bright stars that make up "The Big Dipper" (part of Ursa Major, or the Great Bear constellation). Orange-hued Dubhe was selected as the centennial star because its light takes 100 years to reach Earth (588 trillion miles distance). Utah also recognized the beehive cluster as the official state star cluster.