Miami, Florida has a latitude of 26° N. Where would the North Star (north celestial pole) appear in Miami?

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Miami, Florida has a latitude of 26° N. Where would the North Star (north celestial pole) appear in Miami?

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    2022-02-02T07:12:10+00:00

    Answer: Polaris would appear at [tex]26\°[/tex] latitude

    Step-by-step explanation:

    Let’s begin by explaining that Latitude is the angular distance between the Earth’s equator, and a specific point on the planet. It is measured in degrees and is represented according to the hemisphere in which the point is located, which can be north or south latitude.  

    In this sense, latitude [tex]0\°[/tex] refers to the equatorial line that divides the Earth in two hemispheres (North and South), and Miami’s latitude [tex]26\°[/tex] refers to the Northern hemisphere.

    On the other hand, talking about the North Star (also known as Polaris); if we were just in the North Pole (latitude [tex]90\°[/tex]), Polaris would by exactly over our heads or the zenith ([tex]90\°[/tex] over the horizon), but as we go until latitude [tex]26\°[/tex], Polaris altitude will be approximately at that same angle over the horizon.

    Hence, from an observer located in Miami, Polaris would appear at [tex]26\°[/tex] N.

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