The Big Dipper is used to find the North Star.

Big Dipper

The Big Dipper is used to find the North Star.

The North Star (Polaris) varies so slightly from the true north that we may, for practical purposes, consider it true north. The North Star is easily identified by the pointers of the "Big Dipper."

Astronomical Compass

The North Star (Polaris) varies so slightly from the true north that we may, for practical purposes,…

The state banner of Minnesota, the north star state.

Minnesota

The state banner of Minnesota, the north star state.

Finding the north star with the Big Dipper and Cassiopeia.

North Star

Finding the north star with the Big Dipper and Cassiopeia.

"Two stars in the Big Dipper opposite the handle indicate the direction toward the North Star, which, though not very bright, is the first very noticeable star in line." -Wiswell, 1913

Finding the North Star

"Two stars in the Big Dipper opposite the handle indicate the direction toward the North Star, which,…

"And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh." Matthew 2:11 KJV

Wise Men of the East Presenting Their Gifts

"And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down,…