Polaris, the North Star

A Cepheid variable star that marks the north celestial pole, so all the other stars seem to rotate around it.

Radio Programs

Kochab A former pole star keeps watch Sunday, June 14, 2015
Thuban Lining up an ancient wonder Saturday, June 13, 2015
More Polaris A “hiccup” for the North Star Friday, October 24, 2014
Polaris Pacing off the distance to the North Star Thursday, October 23, 2014
A Tale of Two Skies Taking a spin on a merry-go-round Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Star Wheel Whirling around the North Star Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Celestial Navigation Navigating by the stars Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Polaris III Poking into the life of a famous star Thursday, February 21, 2013
Polaris II The un-steady beat of the North Star Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Polaris Guided by the North Star Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Future Beacons Lining up the North Stars Monday, July 23, 2012
Star Markers Heading north to the stars Friday, May 20, 2011
North Stars II Turning right at the North Star Sunday, July 25, 2010
North Stars Lining up the North Stars Saturday, July 24, 2010
The Dragon Twisting around the north pole Monday, June 21, 2010
Little Dipper Anchoring a celestial dipper Sunday, April 4, 2010

Featured Images

Current and future pole stars
Moving On Monday, July 23, 2012

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