The Pole Star (all year)
The Pole Star (Polaris) is not as bright as many people think, and is fairly easily found by using as pointers the stars Merak and Dubhe in the Plough, part of the constellation of Ursa Major, the Great Bear. If Polaris isn’t bright – it’s about the 50th brightest star in the sky – why is it famous? Its apparently fixed position in the sky shows us where North is. As you watch the night sky, you can see, as the hours pass, that everything seems to be rotating anticlockwise around the Pole Star. It is 432 light-years away from us.