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Indeed, in the early 3rd millennium BC when the north celestial pole was near Alpha Draconis, if you looked high in the north from Mesopotamian latitudes when the Kneeler's head (Alpha Herculis, Rasalgethi) was near the zenith, you would have seen Draco curved out beneath his feet.
Polaris lies very close to the north celestial pole, marking the point about which all the stars in the northern sky appear to revolve as the Earth rotates.
This is when Polaris stands directly above the north celestial pole (by 40' this year), a good time to check the alignment of an equatorial telescope.
On the sky, north is the direction toward the north celestial pole, which is close to the North Star, Polaris.
"Even more exciting, Capella was only 1[degrees] from the north celestial pole, and Aldebaran was about 1[degrees] from Capella.
Comet C/2012 S1 ISON, or whatever may be left of it, passes less than 4[degrees] from the north celestial pole on January 7th and remains a circumpolar object all month.
The north celestial pole lay near the star Thuban (Alpha Draconis) when the Egyptians were building pyramids.
It passes within 5 [degrees] of the north celestial pole on May 28th and remains in the far northern sky through the first half of the summer, requiring larger and larger telescopes as it departs back into the outer dark.
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