Another name for the North Star is Polaris. Polaris is approximately 323 light years from the Earth, and it has the brightness of 2,500 suns.
The North Star is located at the tail end of the Little Dipper in the Milky Way galaxy. Over the course of the night, the star stays in nearly the same location above the northern horizon. It remains this way year-round while other stars in the night sky move around it. Polaris is the first part of a three-star system; the two other stars in the system are the dwarf stars Polaris B and Polaris Ab.