Pole Star

Polaris is currently the pole star. Different stars take on the role as the Earth’s axis has a slow wobble so that over thousands of years due north paints a circle in the sky.

The star Thuban (in the constellation Draco), was previously the “north star.” In about 1000 years, the star Gamma Cephei will become the north star. After that it will be Iota Cephei. In 10000 AD, Deneb will be the Pole star. Eventually, it will again be the turn of Polaris.

Aside from its role as a useful navigation aid, the Pole Star has been revered by different cultures as it is the most visibly stable object in the sky. It projects greater stability than any other heavenly body—implying a kind of impartiality. It is the one who sees everything.