galactic coordinate system

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galactic coordinate system

n.
A celestial coordinate system in which an object's position on the celestial sphere is defined relative to the plane of the Milky Way galaxy and the two poles formed by a line through the center of the galaxy perpendicular to the plane.
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For now, the WR 11 system remains the only detected system of that kind due to its close proximity and relatively high galactic latitude, Pshirkov said in the report.
These high galactic latitude locations and short orbital periods are signatures of a potential new class of binary system, objects that may have been kicked out of the Galactic plane during the explosive formation of the black hole itself," said Dr Kuulkers.
The final set of papers deals with astrophysics and includes discussions of quantum gravity, micro-structure of spacetime, and the origin of the universe; two strong radio bursts at high and medium galactic latitude, and effects of quantum chromodynamic phase transition on the ejected elements from the envelopes of compact stars.
The radio survey covers the northern band of the Milky Way between ten and 230 degrees galactic longitude and between minus five and plus five degrees galactic latitude.
The brightest is Messier 53, the globular listed as having the highest galactic latitude in William Harris's Catalog of Milky Way Globular Clusters.
Zero galactic latitude is the plane in which most of the galaxy lies.
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.