Polaris, the North Star, lies about 15 degrees above the northern horizon as viewed from the Philippines. To find Polaris, look first for the asterism The Big Dipper (which should be visible in the northeastern horizon at around 1-2 a.m. this month) then use the stars Merak and Dubhe to point directly to Polaris, as shown in the photo. This composite of 2 images was taken last January 31, 2012 at 2 a.m. in UP Diliman using a point-and-shoot camera on a tripod. Facing north at 2 a.m., January 31, 2012, UP Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines


Photo of Polaris framed against the Mayon volcano, taken from Legazpi City, Albay, on March 27, 2016. From this location, Polaris is only about 13 degrees above the northern horizon.

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