galactic poles


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galactic poles

pl n
(Astronomy) the two points on the celestial sphere, diametrically opposite each other, that can be joined by an imaginary line perpendicular to the galactic plane
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The Planck team has yet to release its data for regions near the north and south galactic poles because those sectors are incredibly difficult to analyze.
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.
Galactic noise is greatest when the antenna is pointed towards the galactic center and lowest when the antenna is pointed towards the galactic poles.
Conversely, if you were scanning the skies for bright open clusters, you probably wouldn't spend a lot of time looking in the starless deserts lying near the galactic poles, right?
Szalay of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and his collaborators initially determined the positions of galaxies along a long, narrow line of sight -- a pencil beam -- in the direction of the Milky Way's north and south galactic poles.
In contrast, galaxies seem most concentrated where stars are thinly spread - in the general region of the galactic poles.