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n. Abbr. RA
The angular distance of a celestial body or point on the celestial sphere, measured eastward from the vernal equinox along the celestial equator to the hour circle of the body or point and expressed in degrees or hours.
(Units) astronomy the angular distance measured eastwards along the celestial equator from the vernal equinox to the point at which the celestial equator intersects a great circle passing through the celestial pole and the heavenly object in question. Symbol: α Compare declination1
the arc of the celestial equator measured eastward from the vernal equinox to the foot of the great circle passing through the celestial poles and a given point on the celestial sphere, expressed in degrees or hours.
The position of a celestial object east of the vernal equinox along the celestial equator, measured as a horizontal angle and expressed in degrees or hours. Right ascension and declination are the measurements used to map objects on the celestial sphere. See more at celestial sphere.
(ra) A space object’s angular distance to the east of the vernal equinox.
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|Noun||1.||right ascension - (astronomy) the equatorial coordinate specifying the angle, measured eastward along the celestial equator, from the vernal equinox to the intersection of the hour circle that passes through an object in the sky; usually expressed in hours and minutes and seconds; used with declination to specify positions on the celestial sphere; "one hour of right ascension equals fifteen degrees"|
astronomy, uranology - the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole
angular distance - the angular separation between two objects as perceived by an observer; "he recorded angular distances between the stars"