north star or a pole star
in the night sky is pretty simple, just follow the steps below and you can easily locate the north star from any place from the northern hemisphere without using a mobile app. Finding the north star becomes important during
to compose your photo to have concentric circles in it. Here are the steps.
Step 1 – Find the North Direction
This will be a very easy thing to do. You know the sun sets in the west and rises in the east. When you are on your location, stand to face the sunset. Towards your right will be the north direction. Now that you have found where the north direction is, half the job is done.
Step 2 – Locate the Ursa Major in the northern skies
It is a group of seven relatively bright stars and is also known as a big dipper. Ursa Major is found in the northern skies throughout the year from the northern hemisphere. The Ursa Major has been used as a navigational pointer to the Polaris or the North Star in many cultures and throughout centuries. It is perhaps the most easily recognisable star formation in the northern skies. The Polaris is located in the constellation of the Ursa Major. Here is a picture of Ursa Major in the Northern sky.
Step 3 – Locate the Polaris
As you can see in the above picture, the Ursa Major is formed in shape of a dipper. Three stars for the handle of the dipper and four stars from the head of the spoon shape. Now if you draw a line connecting the last two stars making of the head of the spoon and extend the line, it hits directly to the next bright star in the sky. That is the Polaris. Refer fig below for better understanding.
Once you get used to locating the Polaris by the above method, you will not require any mobile applications to find North Star.