This diagram of the north star depicts The North Star, also known as Polaris, is famous for remaining nearly stationary in our sky while the entire northern sky revolves around it. This is because of its proximity to the north celestial pole, the point around which the whole northern sky revolves. Contrary to popular belief, Polaris is not the brightest star in the night sky. It ranks about 50th in terms of brightness. But you can find it easily, and once you do, you'll be able to see it every night from Northern Hemisphere locations. Polaris points the way north. When you face Polaris and stretch your arms sideways, your right hand should point east, and your left should point west.