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Into the void

This galaxy really is lost on space.
RELATED TOPICS: GALAXIES
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T he north celestial polar region has a significant void fairly close to the North Star, Polaris (Alpha [α] Ursae Minoris). To find it, look in the space bounded by it, Capella (Alpha Aurigae), Mirfak (Alpha Persei), and Omicron (ο) Ursae Majoris (the nose of the Great Bear).

This vast emptiness tallies only three stars in the 4th-magnitude range. Nevertheless, it hosts one of the oddest and most elusive constellations, Camelopardalis the Giraffe. Despite the figure’s dim appeal to the unaided eye, it contains one of the most photogenic galaxies in the northern sky: NGC 2403, the overlooked masterpiece of the Arctic void.

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