This big dipper navigation diagram demonstrates how to use the big dipper. Polaris, the legendary North Star, can be found by pointing to the two furthest stars in the bowl of the Big Dipper. Dubhe and Merak are the names of these stars. The Pointers are a well-known nickname among amateur astronomers. Sailors' livelihoods and survival once depended on the Big Dipper's pointer stars. Many people considered them to be their lucky stars. Scouts are also taught how to use the Big Dipper and Polaris to find their way north. The Big Dipper is frequently the simplest way to locate the North Star. Find the Big Dipper and the two stars that make up the front of the spoon.