North Star Surprises!

Written by The Night Sky Guy on December 5, 2012 – 10:26 pm -

The North Star has been a guiding light for countless generations of navigators. But a new study reveals that its distance to Earth may have been grossly overestimated.

In fact, the North Star—also called Polaris—is 30 percent closer to our solar system than previously thought, at about 323 light-years away, according to an international team who studied the star’s light output.

Read more about the North Star at National Geographic


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