Polaris

The North Star

Polaris

Polaris is also known as the North Star. It is known for staying still in our sky for centuries. That’s because it’s located nearly at the north celestial pole, the point around which the entire northern sky turns. Polaris is not the brightest star but, it is still very bright.

How Can You Spot Polaris?

How do you find Polaris? The best way to find your way to Polaris is to use the so-called “Pointer” stars in the bowl of the Big Dipper, Dubhe and Merak. Just draw a line, between these two stars and extend it out about 5 times, and you eventually will arrive in the vicinity of Polaris.

Fun Facts

  • Polaris is the 40th brightest star.
  • It is about 430 light years away from Earth.