Directions at Night – Two Sticks

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On a cloudless night, drive a stick into the ground until the tip of it is at your eye level.  Behind it, plant a taller stick such that the tips of the sticks line up on a bright star, as you look at them.  After a few minutes, the star will appear to have moved (but remember: stars don't move; it's Earth that's rotating).

If the star seems to move . . .

  • up, you are facing east.
  • down, you are facing west.
  • right, you are facing south.
  • left, you are facing north.