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Polar Poled!!!

For the past 7 to 8 years,i have been looking up at the sky eagerly to see a star,a particular star.

I have been searching it in the sky ever since i studied about it in a book,but was in vain as i never even saw it once.But

17th april was different…it was yet again a cloudless night.i luked up at the sky (directly above my head) and was amazed to see the star which i have been searching for a long time.POLAR STAR or POLE STAR.

The pole star(northern star in common language) is located at a gud distance from the Earth and its position is directly above the north pole of the Earth and so the name.

When u look directly up in the sky and turn around clockwise all the stars will seem to go anticlockwise and vice versa but the pole star will seem to be stationary…this is how u can find the pole star….this is what i read and this is how i found it!!!

Hope you get the chance to see this star…i was lucky…

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9 Responses

  1. Gowtham says:

    Interesting !!!
    Next time you see a pole star, let me know

  2. Vivek says:

    will let ya know for sure….if i see it again…

  3. Ed says:

    I don’t mean to be a joy killer, but if you spin around and orient your head at any particular star while you do it, that star will appear stationary and the others will spin around it. Assuming you’re in the northern hemisphere (the north star, Polaris, isn’t visible in the southern hemisphere), look due north. Polaris is nearly by itself and the easiest way to find it is to find the big dipper (which is in the north east right now after sunset) and look at the two stars that make up the end of the “bowl” of the dipper. if you draw an imaginary arc from that, above the dipper, you’ll wind up at the north star not super far away (it’s a bit more than the length of the whole dipper away) – it will be the first bright star you’ll encounter.

    If you take a long exposure of the stars (say a couple minutes long), you’ll get “star trails” and if you point the camera north, there will be a bright star in the middle that doesn’t move very much at all. That’s Polaris, the tip of the little dipper (Ursa Minor).

  4. Vivek says:

    oops…my bad…
    i 4got to write the phrase “directly up”….editing now

  5. Priya says:

    Hey I’d always thought that Polaris could be viewed only from the north pole ??
    Anywayz, it’s really good to read the experience of a Universe Buff !! šŸ˜€

    P.S. – Everytime I’ve look up @ the sky during night time, I can always see a light red/pink coloured star. Any idea on that one ? Thanks.

    Cheers !

  6. Ed says:

    Vivek – Polaris would only be directly up if you’re at the North Pole. One way you could sort of verify that you’re looking at Polaris would be to note the position of the star you think is Polaris and then view it again an hour later – if it’s in the exact same place in the sky, it’s Polaris.

    Priya – Polaris can be viewed anywhere north of the equator. In terms of a light red/pink colored star, right now Mars is almost directly overhead right now (it’s moving, slowly, west) – that’s probably what you’re seeing. The night sky changes slightly each day – it moves 1/365th of the way around a circle west each day – so if you’re actually seeing a star that’s light red/pink, instead of Mars, it could be Betelgeuse, which is red and part of Orion and very bright. There are a number of other colored stars as well.

  7. Vivek says:

    i saw it today too!!!!same position!!!

  8. Priya says:

    Ed :: Hey !! Thanks a lot !! Who’re you ? I mean, you seem to know everything !! Thats really cool !!

    Vivek :: Duh !! It’s quite nice how all this is inspiring me to look @ the sky every night !! Thanks ! Cheers !

  9. Hari says:

    Nice work avenger and i’m planning to start an astronomy blog soon. Join there with me.

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