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North Star, Nebraska

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The location of North Star

Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for North Star.

This page contains seven sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in North Star, we use the following websites to find information relevant to North Star and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for North Star and surrounding area.

Astronomy ...

Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help amateurs find their way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website lists the visible planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their track across the sky.

To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass the location for North Star. Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude for your actual position.

The Heavens-Above Website, centered on North Star.

Bird Watching ...

We enjoy finding new spots for bird watching and we use the eBird website to find local sighting reports and hotspots.

The eBird website is organized on a county-by-county basis. We have selected Nance County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The Nance County sighting report from eBird.

Since North Star is near Boone County and also Merrick County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Boone County

Sighting report for Merrick County

Waymarking ...

Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit

The website, centered on North Star.

How Far From North Star to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as North Star to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in North Star and extending to:

  • Fullerton [Map], which is the Seat of Nance County, lies just to the East.
  • Lincoln [Map], which is the State Capital of Nebraska, lies 83 miles [133.6 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). If you could drive a straight line from North Star to Lincoln, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 5 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,123 miles [1,807.3 km] to the East (E). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 44 days and walking would take 64 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,570 miles [10,573.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,326 miles [11,790.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,235 miles [8,424.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named North Star ...

We have found 14 communities that share the name North Star.

While the name North Star is unique within Nebraska, we know of another 14 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Nebraska

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Our profile page for North Star   [Map]

Distance: About 1,375 miles [2,212.8 km] to the North Northwest.

British Columbia

Our profile page for North Star   [Map]

Distance: About 1,019 miles [1,639.9 km] to the Northwest.


Yuba County

Our profile page for North Star, Yuba County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,207 miles [1,942.5 km] to the West.


Gunnison County

Our profile page for North Star, Gunnison County

This community is historic.<7>

Although located in Gunnison County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


New Castle County

Our profile page for North Star, New Castle County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,177 miles [1,894.2 km] to the East.


Our profile page for North Star

Although located in , we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Gratiot County

Our profile page for North Star, Gratiot County   [Map]

Distance: About 705 miles [1,134.6 km] to the East Northeast.


Martin County

Our profile page for North Star, Martin County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>

Although located in Martin County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Nicollet County

Our profile page for North Star, Nicollet County   [Map]

Distance: About 287 miles [461.9 km] to the Northeast.


Darke County

Our profile page for North Star, Darke County   [Map]

Distance: About 711 miles [1,144.2 km] to the East.


Allegheny County

Our profile page for North Star, Allegheny County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Allegheny County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Archer County

Our profile page for North Star, Archer County

Although located in Archer County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Crawford County

Our profile page for North Star, Crawford County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Crawford County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Portage County

Our profile page for North Star, Portage County   [Map]

Distance: About 493 miles [793.4 km] to the East Northeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near North Star ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Archer   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the South of North Star   [Map]

Cedar Rapids   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Havens   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the East   [Map]

Hord   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the South   [Map]

Overland   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the South   [Map]

Paddock   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the South   [Map]

Riverside Park   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Timber Creek   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Worms   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the South   [Map]

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Nebraska

About Nance County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for North Star. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Nance County:

The official website for State of Nebraska:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- North Star) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in North Star. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.3733, Longitude: -98.1348     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for North Star have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.

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<3>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from North Star to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 321.649 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 319.546 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 314.056 degrees.

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<7>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about North Star, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that North Star could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.

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