galactic latitude


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galactic latitude

[gə′lak·tik ′lad·ə‚tüd]
(astronomy)
Angular distance north or south of the galactic equator; the arc of a great circle through the galactic poles, between the galactic equator and a point on the celestial sphere, measured northward or southward from the galactic equator through 90° and labeled N or S to indicate the direction of measurement.
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Zero galactic latitude is the plane in which most of the galaxy lies.
The map looks above (top) and below (bottom) the plane of the Milky Way, centered on the galactic pole, with larger circles representing lower galactic latitudes.
Specific papers address such issues as the radiative equilibrium of a planetary nebula, faint white stars at low galactic latitudes, the diffusion of photons through a scattering medium in connection with application to some astrophysical problems, a point light sources in a turbid medium, the problem of fluctuations of the brightness of the Milky Way, and the distribution of ozone in the Earth's atmosphere.