How to Navigate Using the North Star

There is a scene in the movie A Beautiful Mind, where John Nash asks his date Alicia, to pick a shape, any shape she could possibly imagine. And while she looks at him in disbelief, not knowing what he is actually referring to, she responds hesitantly, "an umbrella". He walks behind her and holds her arm pointing to the sky, only to mimic the figure she had requested in the stars above.

As much as we would like to teach you how to do this, it is not as easy as it seems. Apparently, you would require a considerable amount of time studying the night sky, or for that matter a really good photographic memory, but all is not lost. As mere mortals as we are, with the limited amount of time we have at our disposition to improve ourselves,  we can take things one step at a time.

Imagine one weekend you go camping to the woods and decide to go for a walk in the middle of the night with a friend. Without noticing, you lose track of time, and realize yourself completely alone without the slightest notion of where you are. Everything around you looks the same and you don't know which direction to go to. What do you do?

Since in our last post, the Top 10 Things Women Find Attractive in Men, we included the trait of being handy, we shall provide you with an interesting alternative for the next time you get lost and have no contraption to lead the way back to safety.

Finding the North Star
In the past, explorers did not handle navigation with a GPS or had the comfort of having a cell phone at hand. They had to use practical methods in which they could tell they were going the right way. One of those methods was using the stars as a means to navigate. In this case, we will be explaining to you how to find the North Star.

The North Star may be found in the constellation of Ursa Minor aka Little Dipper, specifically the last star in the handle. If you have any trouble finding it, then look for Ursa Major and try to focus on the outermost stars of the cup. From there, form a straight line to point directly to the North Star.
Here is a picture of all the constellations in the sky, so you can get a better idea of what it all looks like. 
Having located the North Star in the sky, make a line vertically down and with that you may know know where north exactly is. There is nothing worse than being lost and walking around in circles. With this you will avoid that from ever happening again.  
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