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Derived from the Latin stella polaris, "pole star".

This is the proper Latin name of the brightest star in the constellation Ursa Minor, commonly called the North Star or Pole-Star. The Old English name for it was Scip-steorra "ship-star", reflecting its importance in navigation. It is the brightest star in the constellation Ursa Minor. It is very close to the north celestial pole, making it the current northern pole star.

Polaris is the 'mutant' name of a protagonist in Marvel's X-Men line of comics. Her real name is Lorna Dane, though she's more commonly called Polaris. As the daughter of Magneto, she inherited the mutant ability of magnetic manipulation.
Added 8/7/2006 by Raphaelus
Edited 5/17/2014 by Ora and SeaHorse15