north galactic pole


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north galactic pole

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North Galactic Pole

 

one of the two points of intersection of the celestial sphere with a line perpendicular to the plane of the galactic equator and passing through the center of the celestial sphere. Located in the northern sky, in the constellation Coma Berenices, the north galactic pole has the following approximate equatorial coordinates: right ascension α = 12h 49m; declinations δ = +27.4°.

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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).
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 NDWFS is large, covering a 3[degrees] by-3[degrees] square of sky in Bootes near the north galactic pole and a second, 4.
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.
A line drawn between the north galactic pole and its southern counterpart in Sculptor is perpendicular to the plane of the galaxy, which runs approximately down the middle of the visible Milky Way.
Not far from the cluster is the north galactic pole.

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