The first of these is the bright star α Phœnicis, of which the magnitude is 2·4, or only very slightly fainter than the pole star.
At present it happens to lie near the pole star, but it will not always remain there.
The pole star is five times as far off; and the greater part of the stars are at distances inconceivably more remote.
Because the line joining them points in the direction of the pole star.
In consequence of its unique position, the pole star is of very great service in the study of the constellations.
And on the clear nights the pole star leered as never before.
I waited impatiently for the first sight of the moon, the pole star, and other night-time friends of every navigator.
Did it go to the sun, or to the moon, or to the pole star, or to this earth?
By its position with relation to the pole star, Alec was able to confirm his surmise with a fair degree of accuracy.
The 'pole star' swung alongside her after the collision, and very soon afterwards sank in an almost parallel position.