Thursday, October 14, 2010

Polaris and Finding North

At this time of year, you’ll find the Big Dipper near the horizon.

Look for seven major stars: four in the "bowl" and three in the "handle." The two stars on the outside of the bowl are called the “pointer” stars. They always show the way to Polaris, a bright star that is also called the North Star, which lies in the handle of the Little Dipper.

Here's how to find north:
1. Find the Big Dipper.
2. Find the pointer stars.
3. Find Polaris.
4. Look straight up.
5. Turn your body toward Polaris.
6. Now, you're facing north!


Cartoon Characters said...

my husband and i were in the hot tub last night looking up at the sky looking for the dipper!
I love this time of the year!

Phiddy said...

Wish I had a hot tub to do this.
Did you find the dipper?


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