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How can I tell which direction I am facing on Google Maps?

In the Google Maps app, you should see a small compass symbol visible in the top-right corner, below the button for changing the map terrain and style. If the compass isn’t currently visible, use two of your fingers to move the map view around to display it.

The Needle Trick

If you’re lucky enough to have remembered your first-aid kit, get a needle from it. Rub it on the silk liner of your sleeping bag or other material, and the resulting static electricity magnetizes it.

Lay the needle on a blade of grass and float that in a cup of water. It will orient itself in a north-south axis. You’ll have to guess which way is north, but at least you’ll have a 50-50 change of being right.

Finding True North

Method 1: Use the stick method

Using the stick method to find North
Using the stick method to find North

The easiest way to find North during the day is to use the stick method explained above to find East and West. Once you have done that, add the following step:

Line up both of your feet on the East-West line you, making sure your right foot is in the East side. Your eyes will be looking about 90 degrees from this line. This is North.

Method 2: Find Polaris (the North Star)

How to find Polaris (The North Star) in the night
How to find Polaris (The North Star) in the night sky

Now let’s proceed to some methods that you can use during nighttime.

If you are in the Northern hemisphere, it is very simple to find North at night simply by locating one star: Polaris.

Polaris, also known as Ursae Minoris or more commonly as the North Star is the brightest star in the Ursa Minoris (“the little dipper”) constellation. This star lines up almost perfectly with Earth’s rotation axis which means it is always pointing North. If you were to take continuous photos of the sky at night with Polaris at the center, it would seem as if the rest of the stars rotate around it.

To find Polaris, first try to locate the Ursa Major (“big dipper”) constellation as it’s shape is easy to recognize. If you draw an imaginary line using the two last stars in the “dipper” part it points almost exactly to Polaris.

Once you have found Polaris, imagine a straight line down towards Earth. That direction is North.

Please note Polaris is only visible in the Northern hemisphere so this method doesn’t work in all parts of the world.

Method 3: The double stick method

Double stick method to find your cardinal directio
Double stick method to find your cardinal direction

As mentioned previously, the North Star method only works in the Northern hemisphere. Here’s one that works everywhere.

This is a variation of the stick method used previously, but since there are no shadows during nighttime, we have to get a bit more creative. Follow these steps:

  1. Find two sticks that you can stick in the ground.
  2. Look at the star and find the brightest star you can see. Any star will work, just make sure it is recognizable and you can keep track of it.
  3. Line both sticks a couple feet apart from in each other in such a way that they both line up in a straight line with the star you chose.
  4. Wait 10-15 minutes
  5. Check the straight line your sticks mark

If the star moves to the left, then that direction is West, if it moves to the right, then West is to your right.

Method 4: The watch method

Using the watch method to find North (or South)
Using the watch method to find North (or South)

A different method to find North is to use an analog watch. We left it last because it requires equipment, it only works during daytime and the fact that it works differently depending on the hemisphere you are in makes it more complex, but it’s simple to execute and it’s good to know it anyway. Just follow these steps:

  1. If the clock is set to Daylight Savings Time, adjust it one hour back.
  2. Point the hour hand to the Sun
  3. Look for the 12-hour mark on the watch. The imaginary line from the 12-hour mark to the hour form an angle, keep it in mind.
  4. Imagine a line that splits that angle exactly in half 5n. If you are in the Northern Hemisphere, that line points South. North is exactly in the opposite direction. 5s. If you are in the Southern Hemisphere, that line points North.

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Step 1: Supplies

I am going to make this one quick (and also the hole Instructable).Here is what you need:1. a watch (like written in the intro)2. the sun (you don’t have to have a good sight, you just have to barely know the position of the sun)

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