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This activity uses the height of the North Star, Polaris, in the northern horizon as a means of determining the observer's latitude. This link between the height of the star and the latitude was critical for navigation by peoples in the Northern Hemisphere. Learners make a quadrant and use it to measure the altitude angle of the North Star projected at different positions around the room to simulate the star's different positions in the sky. This is Activity F-2 of Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0: A Collection of Activities and Resources for Teaching Astronomy DVD-ROM, which is available for purchase.
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