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Separated, we are nobodies--
unknown, except to a select few.
Together, we are a celebrity--
the entire world looks up to us.

You may find us in the darkest of times,
when we succor those who are lost.
But when your world shakes and falls apart,
we will likely be hidden from view.

We are not timeless, but we are close enough.

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We are

Polaris (Aa, Ab, and B).

Separated, we are nobodies-- unknown, except to a select few.

most people don't know that Polaris is a three-star system

Together, we are a celebrity-- the entire world looks up to us.

they're in the visible night sky

You may find us in the darkest of times,

at night

when we succor those who are lost.

Polaris, being almost collinear with the Earth's axis, indicates the direction due north

But when your world shakes and falls apart,

7.5 billion years from now, the sun engulfs the Earth

we will likely be hidden from view.

5 million years from now, Polaris goes bang and turns into a neutron star (faint) or a black hole (fainter still)

We are not timeless, but we are close enough.

lost me here

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    $\begingroup$ Very nice answer. For "unknown, except to a select few", I think it might also be ROT13(crbcyr jvgu gryrfpbcrf), and "We are not timeless, but we are close enough", I think it might be that the lifespan is so large that to humans it feels timeless/permanent. $\endgroup$ – Phylyp Nov 20 '18 at 7:26
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    $\begingroup$ Also, perhaps rot13(abg gvzryrff ersref gb gur snpg gung vg vf bayl gur abegu fgne rirel 26,000 lrnef. Va 13,000 lrnef sebz abj, Irtn jvyy or gur abegu fgne.) $\endgroup$ – SteveV Nov 20 '18 at 8:16

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