# From which New York State location would Polaris be observed to have an altitude closest to 43° above the northern horizon?

Nov 26, 2015

Any location at ${43}^{o}$ latitude.
Notice that that for a spot at latitude $\theta$, the view of the sky makes the same angle $\theta$ with the north pole. Since Polaris is at an extension of the north pole, this is the angle at which Polaris lies above the horizon. Therefore, for Polaris to be ${43}^{o}$ above the horizon, we must be standing at a latitude of ${43}^{o}$. Perhaps Syracuse, Batavia, or Ballston Spa.