Where Is the North Star?


Quick Answer

As of 2014, Polaris, the North Star, is found at right ascension 2 hours, 31 minutes, 48.7 seconds and declination +89 degrees, 15 minutes, 51 seconds. It is found almost directly over the North Pole and seems to stand still while all the other stars circle around it.

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To find the North Star in the night sky, find the Big Dipper, then identify the stars that are at the front of the dipper's bowl. Follow an imaginary line through these stars, starting from the rear star, and Polaris can be found a short distance along this line. Polaris is at the very end of the handle of the asterism known as the Little Dipper.

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