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Homework Help: Need Help Star Polaris (azimuth and altitude)

  1. Sep 6, 2008 #1
    The star that I am looking for is Polaris. I Need to know the azimuth and altitude of the star polaris for a 2 hour period checking it ever fifteen minutes. I am in Middle Tennesse. Tonight (09/6/08) I come up with an azimuth of 20 degrees and the altitude was 77-78 Degrees. Can someone tell me if this sounds right. Also what is the reason the star did not change? And if I was to look at the same star tomorrow night at the same time would its position be different or the same and why?......and the same goes for if a month from now would it be the same or different and why?......this would really help me....I will take anything i can get!

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  3. Sep 7, 2008 #2


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    Welcome to PF!

    Hi Confused_Star :confused: ! Welcome to PF! :smile:

    hmm … in Tennessee, the altitude of Polaris (in the little bear) should be less than 40º …

    you got the wrong star!! :redface:

    Have another go tonight! :smile:
  4. Sep 7, 2008 #3


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    And the azimuth should be 0. It's Polaris - the north star. By definition, it is always in the same place (plus or minus a half degree).
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