Interestingly, Blanco 1's northern analogue, Melotte 111 (the Coma Berenices Star Cluster), is found less than 2[degrees] from the north galactic pole
. Having one large cluster situated near a galactic pole is curious; two is a very odd coincidence.
In contrast, the Big Dipper floats near the star-poor region of the north galactic pole
, where we are looking straight up out of the equatorial plane of our lens-shaped galaxy.
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
. The central star is part of a binary system that includes a primary that varies between 8.7 and 8.9 magnitude and is bright enough to hamper observation of the nebula.
The NDWFS is large, covering a 3[degrees] by-3[degrees] square of sky in Bootes near the north galactic pole
and a second, 4.5[degrees]-by-2[degrees] strip on roughly the opposite side of the sky in Cetus.
Our clearest view is toward the North Galactic Pole
in the constellation Coma Berenices, where we just happen to find the nearest large cluster of galaxies.
In addition, it lies less than 3 |degrees~ from the north galactic pole
and well away from the obscuring dust clouds of the Milky Way.
On this month's all-sky map on the following two pages, we've marked the position of the north galactic pole
. Nearly overhead in Coma Berenices, this is where the Milky Way's axis of rotation projects north onto the celestial sphere.
Not far from the cluster is the north galactic pole
. At the Spica Hour, this point is almost overhead for most of us (exactly so if you live at 27 [degrees] north latitude).