NGC 188

Alt. Designations: NGC 188
Object Type: open cluster
Constellation: Cepheus
Distance: 5 kly
Right Ascension: 00h 47m 28.0s
Declination: +85° 15´ 18"
Visual Magnitude: 8.1
Apparent Dimension: 15.0´ Dia.
Best Month To View: Aug

NGC 188 is very close to the North Celestial Pole, under five degrees away, and in the constellation of Cepheus at an estimated 5,000 light year distance, this puts it slightly above the Milky Way's disc and further from the center of the galaxy than the Sun. Unlike most open clusters that drift apart after a few million years because of the gravitational interaction of our galaxy, NGC 188 lies far above the plane of the galaxy and is one of the older known open clusters.