Polaris is the name for the North star that can be seen on clear winter nights
In the constellation Ursa Minor, the little bear or small dipper, one star stands out. It is often referred to as the North Star as it points in the direction of our geographic North which is along the direction of the Earth rotation axis. As a consequence, all stars in the Northern hemisphere seem to rotate around it over the course of the night – as Earth keeps slowly rotating. The astronomical name of this star is Polaris. It can be seen easily with the naked eye on clear winter nights. It also provides guidance to those looking to find where North is located.
Beautiful star trail image. The center star is Polaris.
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Constellation of the Big and Small Dipper and how to locate Polaris, the North star.