Polaris: How to find the North Star

Polaris or the North Star is a star that appears almost directly above the Earth’s rotational axis. As the Earth turns, every other star seems to spin around the axis, tracing out a circle in the sky, but the North Star appears to stand still. But no matter what time of night or what season it is, following Polaris will lead a traveler in the Northern Hemisphere due north. 

Polaris is part of the constellation known as Ursa Minor and the cluster of stars called the Little Dipper.