Polarissima Borealis (NGC 3172)
A spiral galaxy in the
constellation Ursa Minor, which is the closest
NGC object to the North Celestial Pole. Because
of its proximity – less than 1 degree from that most northerly declination
– it received the name Polarissima Borealis. Seeing NGC 3172 is a
challenge for an observer with a 12-inch telescope.
||1.0' × 0.7'
||R.A. 11h 50m,
Dec. +89° 7'