To find Polaris, look for the Big Dipper and find the Dipper's ladle. Extend the line joining the two stars that make up the ladle across the sky for a distance equivalent to five times the depth of the ladle and you have Polaris (Figure 8.6). When you face Polaris you are facing true north.
If Polaris is obscured, but you can see the Big Dipper and its Pointers, then hold a stick at arm's length and mark on it the distance between the Pointers. Mark this distance off five times from the tip of the stick. Hold the marked stick at arm's length, parallel to the Pointers and the first of your marks on Dubhe. The tip of your stick is now on Polaris (see Figure 8.7).
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