addams wrote:Ok. umm. The North Star? It's not very bright.
The Southern Cross? I been told the northern sky is, better.
If the stars are visible. There are many reasons for not finding the North Star.
It is Never! needed for navigation in cities. Thank God. I can't find it in an urban sky. Can you?
Assuming that a) you are in the northern hemisphere, and b) the Big Dipper is visible, you can find Polaris by one of two ways.
1) Locate the Big Dipper (aka The Plough, the Butcher's Cleaver, the Starry Plough, this constellation). Once the constellation is located, find the stars α UMa (Dubhe) and β UMa (Merak). If picturing the constellation as a spoon, drinking gourd, ladle, etc., those two stars are the ones opposite the end of the of the handle, with Dubhe being at the top of the "cup". Draw an imaginary line from Merak to Dubhe, then continue that line for five additional times the distance between Merak and Dubhe. If you do so, you will find Polaris.
2) Download Google Star Maps to your smart phone and scan a 165-degree arc in the direction you are facing while rotating clockwise very slowly. Eventually, you will locate Polaris. (Depending upon the speed of your rotation, it may require several rotations to locate.)