Some articles on pole stars, stars, poles, pole star, star, pole:
... Pole stars of other planets are defined analogously they are stars that most closely coincide with the projection of the planet's axis of rotation onto the Celestial sphere ... Different planets have different pole stars because their axes are oriented differently ... (See Poles of astronomical bodies.) Alpha Pictoris is the south pole star of Mercury, while Omicron Draconis is the north star ...
... UMi, β Ursae Minoris) is the brightest star in the bowl of the "Little Dipper" (which is part of the constellation Ursa Minor), and only slightly fainter than Polaris, the northern pole star and ... The distance to this star can be deduced from the parallax measurements made during the Hipparcos, yielding a value of 130.9 light-years (40.1 parsecs) ... Kochab and its neighbor Pherkad are both naked eye stars and are sometimes referred to as the "Guardians of the Pole" ...
Famous quotes containing the words stars and/or pole:
“And is it true? And is it true,
This most tremendous tale of all,
Seen in a stained-glass windows hue,
A Baby in an oxs stall?
The Maker of the stars and sea
Become a Child on earth for me?”
—Sir John Betjeman (19061984)
“The discovery of the North Pole is one of those realities which could not be avoided. It is the wages which human perseverance pays itself when it thinks that something is taking too long. The world needed a discoverer of the North Pole, and in all areas of social activity, merit was less important here than opportunity.”
—Karl Kraus (18741936)