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Flag of Alaska

Flag of Alaska

The flag of the state of Alaska consists of eight gold stars, forming the Big Dipper and the North Star, on a dark blue field. The Big Dipper is an asterism in the constellation Ursa Major which symbolizes a bear, an animal indigenous to Alaska. As depicted on the flag, its stars can be used as a guide by the novice to locate Polaris and determine true north, which varies considerably from a magnetic north.[1]

The design was created by Benny Benson of Seward and selected from among roughly 700 entries in a 1927 contest.

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