The brightest star in Ursa Minor; at the end of the handle of the little dipper; the northern axis of the earth points toward it; Also called: North Star, polar star, polestar.
Or Pole Star or North Star; The bright star closest to the north celestial pole, and the brightest star in the constellation Ursa Minor. Its position is indicated by the “pointers” in Ursa Major. Polaris is a yellow supergiant about 500 light years away.
It currently lies within 1ş of the north celestial pole; precession (Earth’s axial wobble) will bring Polaris closest to the celestial pole (less than 0.5ş away) about AD 2100. It is also known as Alpha Ursae Minoris.
Severna zvezda Severnjača, poslednja zvezda u repu Malog medveda, u čijoj se blizini nalazi Severni nebeski stožer ili pol.