galactic pole


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galactic pole

[gə′lak·tik ′pōl]
(astronomy)
On the celestial sphere, either of the two points 90° from the galactic equator.
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This signals that the south galactic pole is nearly overhead and that the globular star cluster NGC 288 is in a prime viewing position near the zenith.
In contrast, if you were to look down on the Milky Way from the north galactic pole in Coma Berenices, you'd see the flattened disk with its spiral arms circling the galactic center clockwise.
The south galactic pole is situated within the galaxy-laden constellation of Sculptor, which is home to one of the more oddly placed open clusters in the sky: Blanco 1.
Phoenix lies near the south galactic pole in a direction where we're looking far away from the galactic plane.
The Big Dipper actually sits much closer to the north galactic pole (in Canes Venatici) than to the north celestial pole (near Polaris during our era of history).
Indeed, Sculptor contains the south galactic pole, where we look straight out from our galaxy's disk to the unobstructed universe beyond.
Home to such deep-sky splendors as the galaxies NGC 55 and NGC 253, Sculptor is also where the south galactic pole resides, the point 90[degrees] south of the galactic plane.
It has the distinction of having the highest galactic latitude of any planetary, being a mere 1 1/2[degrees] from the north galactic pole.
Meanwhile, the south galactic pole is in Sculptor, now sinking in the west.
By contrast, NGC 779 is positioned near the south galactic pole in the relatively sparse constellation of Cetus.
Galactic noise is greatest when the antenna is pointed towards the galactic center and lowest when the antenna is pointed towards the galactic poles.
Using the Sliding Anglo-Australian Telescope on Siding Spring Mountain in Australia, the survey examines objects in two large wedges of sky at the north and south galactic poles.