Can you still see Polaris even if you are in the south pole?

  • I haven't been to south pole but can the Polaris still be viewed if the viewer is in the south pole? Or this question makes no sense at all?

  • Currently Polaris is at a declination of a bit over 89 degrees, which means that no one south of 1 degree south latitude can see Polaris. That's almost all of the Southern hemisphere, let alone the South Pole.

    Polaris won't be the North Star forever, thanks to axial precession. In about 13000 years or so, Polaris will have a declination of about 46 degrees or so (twice the 23 degree axial tilt). Polaris will thus be visible in 13000 years or so as a wintertime star to all of Africa, all of Australia, and most of South America, but none of Antarctica.

    After millions of years, proper motion may make Polaris visible over Antarctica. But then again, being a yellow supergiant, its unlikely that Polaris will be visible anywhere (without a telescope). It will instead be dead.

    How can we explain this national geographic photograph? It states tha Polaris is seen from Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Which is almost 3 degrees South.

    @cryptow - Kilimanjaro rises about 5000 meters above the plateau from which the mountain arises, which means one can see above 2.3° below the horizon from the peak of Kilimanjaro

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