Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains The North Star

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Is the north star the brightest in the night sky? On this explainer, Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice explain everything you wish to know about the North Star. Do all your dreams really come true?

What is the North Star? Where is it in the night sky? Are stars in Hollywood burning thermonuclear fuel in their core? We discuss how culturally entrenched wishing on a star is, why the North Star– Polaris– has significance, and why so many people can’t seem to spot it. We break down long exposure photos of the night sky and the constellations in the southern hemisphere. Is there a “south star”? Plus, hear Chuck’s impersonation of Venus getting mistaken for Polaris and more!

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