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How do you tell which ways north with a watch?

How To Tell North With A Watch?

Bisect the angle between the hour hand and the twelve o’clock mark to find North. The exact middle of the angle between the 12 o’clock mark and the hour hand on your watch marks North, while the point directly across the face of the watch from it marks South.


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Why Big Dipper and North Star?

The Big Dipper is a circumpolar object. Circumpolar objects are celestial objects that are always visible throughout the day and the year as seen from a specific latitude because they are close to the celestial pole of the observer’s hemisphere.

The celestial poles are imaginary lines that trace the Earth’s rotation axis in space. The Earth has 2 celestial poles – the Northern Celestial Pole and the Southern Celestial Pole. These poles correspond to the North and the South Pole and therefore are inclined at an angle – around 23.4 degrees.

Because neither the celestial poles nor the direction of the Earth’s rotation axis change, any stars and constellations close to one of the celestial poles will be observable from some latitudes throughout the year all day long.

In addition, the Earth’s daily rotation around its axis makes it seem like that the stars close to the celestial poles revolve around the pole once each day. Because of this, constellations and stars close to the celestial poles, such as the Big Dipper, can be used to estimate time during the night.

The North Star

The North Star, sometimes also called the Lodestar or Guiding Star, belongs to the constellation Ursa Minor. The North Star is the brightest star closest to the geographical and celestial North Pole. Because of this, it is visible from the Northern Hemisphere throughout the year. To a northern observer, the North Star appears motionless in the sky, with other stars in the sky revolving around it. It is this unique property of the pole star that makes it very helpful to navigators and for those who use the stars to tell time.

Not a Constellation, but an Asterism

Contrary to popular belief, the Big Dipper is not a constellation but asterism – which is a pattern of stars recognizable to observers from Earth. Asterisms may or may not be part of a constellation. Some asterisms like the Diamond of Virgo, also known as the Great Diamond, are made up of stars from different constellations.

The stars in the Big Dipper are also part of the constellation Ursa Major. The Big Dipper is also known as the Plough, Saptarishi (Seven Sages), or Butcher’s Cleaver. It is one of the most well-known asterisms in history. It has been used by explorers, stargazers, and astronomers to locate the North Star.

Topics: Astronomy, Stars, Timekeeping

Use LOTS of Verbs

While speaking use lots of phrasal verbs to sound less textbook-like and more like a native English speaker. North American English speakers use a lot of phrasal verbs in their conversations and therefore you will want to use them to. 


Instead of “where do I exit?”, try “where do I get out of here?”

Instead of “When did you arrive?”, try “When did you show up?”

Instead of “I don’t like it when you get angry”, try “I don’t like it when you blow up”

A Counter-Clockwise Star Clock

  • To begin, step outdoors on a clear night, away from any light pollution. Make sure you check the weather.
  • Find the Big Dipper and the North Star using the steps detailed below.
  • Now, picture a clock with the North Star at its center, and draw an imaginary line starting from the North Star through the 2 pointer stars of the Big Dipper – Dubhe and Merak. Assume that this is the hour hand of your imaginary star clock.
  • The clock you just created in the sky is a 24-hour clock. Unlike on a regular analog clock face where an hour takes up 30 degrees of a full circle, the imaginary hour hand on the star clock moves only 15 degrees per hour. What’s more, this hour hand moves counter-clockwise.
  • Before you go on to learn how to tell the time, you have one last thing to do. Draw another imaginary line straight up from the North Star. This line will mark midnight or the passing of 24 hours.

The North American R ERrrr 

Mastering the letter R in North American spoken English is very important. Lots of learners can feel frustrated because the R doesn’t sound like anything in their native language. To add to the confusion, the R can be said differently throughout the USA, depending on where you live. This tip is the most common way to use the R with a North American English accent.

First it is important to be aware of R colored vowels.


Word sounds like Werrd, rather than pronounced with an O sound

World sounds like Werrld, rather than pronounced with an OR sound  

Second remember that an R at the end of a word will usually be pronouncd strongly in North American English. Just as Gabby said “get out your Pirate hooks”, be prepared as the North American R really does sound like a Pirates “ERrrr”. 


“I parked my car over there” will sound like “I parked my caERR over thERR”

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