If Polaris is Earth's North Star as it is directly pointed at by our North pole, what would be the North Star of the Sun?

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    $\begingroup$ @ReactingToAngularVues: Do the Sun rotation axis and Earth rotation axis point into the same direction? I don't think so, so the Sun's "north pole" must be pointing to a different star. But anyways, it's an astronomy question and not space exploration. $\endgroup$
    – DarkDust
    Jan 26, 2018 at 8:57
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    $\begingroup$ Well, if you trust coordinates given here en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axial_tilt the Sun north pole should be in the Draco constellation, somewhere between delta and omicron draconis. $\endgroup$
    – OON
    Jan 26, 2018 at 9:41
  • $\begingroup$ space is north of the sun $\endgroup$ Jan 26, 2018 at 11:26
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    $\begingroup$ @ArtisticPhoenix say what, now? $\endgroup$ Jan 26, 2018 at 15:19
  • $\begingroup$ @CarlWitthoft Maybe he was thinking the following: Pick any direction at random. The odds that that line intersects anything at all in the visible universe is basically zero. You have to permit a "fudge factor" to get any sensible result; polaris is itself not perfectly aligned with the earth's axis, but it's close enough to serve as a direction indicator. $\endgroup$ Jan 27, 2018 at 0:05

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The North Pole of the sun points towards the constellation Draco. There is no bright star close to the North Pole of the Sun. The closest fairly bright star is Delta Draco, "Altais". A magnitude 3 star.

The other marks on the image are the "North Pole of the planets' orbits" The Earth's rotation is inclined by 23 degrees from its orbit, so the Earth's rotational North Pole is not the same as the pole of its orbit.

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According to the 2001 Astronomical Almanac (page C3), the mean position of the pole of the Solar equator is at right ascension 286.13 degrees (19.07 hours), declination 63.87 degrees. As James indicated, this puts it close to the star delta ($\delta$) Draconis.


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