It’s ten o’clock. Do you know where you are?
by tonytran2015 (Melbourne, Australia)
Finding North by stars with unclear sky requires determining the Celestial poles mostly from the 10 brightest stars. They are, in descending order of brightness, Sirius, Canopus, Alpha Centauri, Arcturus, Vega, Capella, Rigel, Procyon, Achernar and Betelgeuse.
The projection to the ground of the Celestial axis gives the terrestrial North – South axis.
The method described here uses only brightest stars with high elevations and is suitable for people living in areas with naturally hazy skies, with brightened skies such as in cities or with high horizons such as in valleys.
1. Locating the Celestial poles.
Figure: Finding a Celestial pole using two chosen stars.
The traditional method uses easily identifiable group of stars such as the Big Dipper or Cassiopeia to locate the next group of star, Little Dipper, which straddles a Celestial pole. One of the stars of this group of star, Little Dipper…
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