Galactic anticenter

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Map of the Auriga constellation

The galactic anticenter is a direction in space directly opposite to the Galactic Center, as viewed from Earth. This direction corresponds to a point on the celestial sphere. From the perspective of an observer on Earth, the galactic anticenter is located in the constellation Auriga, and Beta Tauri is the bright star that appears nearest this point.

In terms of the galactic coordinate system, the Galactic Center (in Sagittarius) corresponds to a longitude of 0°, while the anticenter is located exactly at 180°.[1] In the equatorial coordinate system, the anticenter is found at roughly RA 05h 46m, dec +28° 56'.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Galactic Coordinates". Retrieved 2010-08-17.
  2. ^ "Galactic Anticenter on the Internet Encyclopedia of Science". Retrieved 2009-10-30.

Coordinates: Sky map 5h 45m 40.04s, +29° 00′ 28.1″