What is the North Star?
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What is the North Star?


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The North Star is another name for the star Polaris. It is called the North Star because its location in the Northern Hemisphere remains constant throughout the year as other stars seem to move around it.

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Polaris can be found in the constellation Ursa Minor, also known as the Little Bear and the Little Dipper, where it lies at the end of the handle. The North Star is often used in navigation because it does not change location throughout the night. Navigators also use the elevation of the North Star to determine a precise latitude. The North Star can be located by following the bowl of the Big Dipper.

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