galactic pole


Definition of galactic pole

: either of the two opposite points of the celestial sphere that are at the greatest average distance from the Milky Way and are located one in the constellation of Coma Berenices and the other in the constellation of Sculptor

called also respectively north galactic pole, south galactic pole

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1848, in the meaning defined above

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“Galactic pole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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