Stars are the perfect combination of magical and mysterious. Shining in the night sky, they enchant us with their presence, reminding us that we are but a tiny piece of the vast universe. The North Star, formally known as “Polaris,” has served as a beacon of inspiration and hope for many. What is it about this guiding light that’s endlessly alluring?
Hidden in Plain Sight
Have you ever searched for constellations such as the Big and Little Dipper? If so, you may have spotted the North Star without realizing it. On the next clear night, locate the Little Dipper (we recommend using an app like SkyView as it can be hard to find) and trace its handle to the end – the third star from the “dipper” portion. You should see Polaris illuminating the sky with cosmic beauty.
Not the Brightest
According to Space.com, contrary to popular belief, the North Star is not the brightest star in the sky, but rather the 48th (which is still pretty bright). However, it has become brighter in recent years, which perplexes scientists. Regardless of brightness, the North Star remains anchored at due north while the northern sky rotates around it, making it an easy landmark to determine direction.
Make a Wish
When Jiminy Cricket crooned “When You Wish Upon a Star” in Disney’s Pinnochio, it instantly struck a worldwide chord. People of all ages were reminded of the childlike innocence associated with wishes and the importance of making our dreams a reality. Like the sparks of imagination from which dreams are formed, stars represent limitless possibilities and infinite wonder. Over the years, Polaris has come to be associated with direction and purpose, glowing bright to guide our heart’s true desires.
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