26/2012 In outer space, which side is north ?

It is amazing how much the w-w-web can distract you and entice you into random directions. I am now getting addicted to some fascinating questions about astronomy. Here is one I picked up at ::


The question I am refering to is :: Is there such a thing as “North” in outerspace?
On Earth, North is determined by the magnetic poles of our planet. Is there such a thing as "North" in outerspace? To put it another way, is there any other way for astronauts to navigate besides starcharts? For instance, if an astronauts spaceship were to be placed somewhere (outside of our solar system) in the milkyway galaxy, would there be a way for them to orient themselves?

There is still so much to discover and learn. There is so little time left.


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