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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Definitions for Polaris

  1. Astronomy. the polestar or North Star, a star of the second magnitude situated close to the north pole of the heavens, in the constellation Ursa Minor: the outermost star in the handle of the Little Dipper.
  2. a two-stage U.S. ballistic missile, usually fired from a submerged submarine.

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Citations for Polaris
How do you find it? There are so many satellites nowadays that I can't find Polaris anymore. Catherine Anderson, Star Bright, 2009
He sighted through the eyepiece and moved the index arm until Polaris sat squarely on the wire. John Vernon, The Last Canyon, 2001
Origin of Polaris
Polaris is a shortening of the Medieval Latin stella polāris meaning "polar star." The name of the ballistic missile entered English in the 1950s.