In a dark sky without a compass, how can I find the North direction?

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Assuming you are in the Northern Hemisphere, the North star is not visible south of the equator. 

In fact, there is no star that always indicates north OR south in the Southern Hemisphere. But, you can use the Southern Cross and the pointer stars as a guide. Face the lowest...

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Assuming you are in the Northern Hemisphere, the North star is not visible south of the equator. 

In fact, there is no star that always indicates north OR south in the Southern Hemisphere. But, you can use the Southern Cross and the pointer stars as a guide. Face the lowest pointing star and you'll be facing south; turn around and you'll have found north.

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