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Set B3 - Out Into Space - card information

36. Polaris
(Pole Star)

36. Polaris (Pole Star)

Polaris, though not the most brilliant, is the most important star in the heavens owing to its situation close to the Celestial North Pole, and it has become known as the Pole Star. In the Northern Hemisphere it is always visible and is used by astronomers and navigators. Stars near the Pole seem to move slowly around it and those far away quickly; this is because they have to cover much larger circles in the same time. At the North Pole, the Pole Star is exactly overhead, but as one travels south it sinks downwards towards the horizon.