celestial pole


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celestial pole

n.
Either of two diametrically opposite points at which imaginary extensions of the earth's rotational axis intersect the celestial sphere.

celestial pole

n
(Astronomy) either of the two points at which the earth's axis, extended to infinity, would intersect the celestial sphere. Sometimes shortened to: pole

celes′tial pole′


n.
each of the two points in which the extended axis of the earth cuts the celestial sphere and about which the stars seem to revolve.
[1900–05]

celestial pole

Either of the points at which the extensions of the Earth's axis intersect the celestial sphere.
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Noun1.celestial pole - one of two points of intersection of the Earth's axis and the celestial sphere
celestial point - a point in the heavens (on the celestial sphere)
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The south celestial pole can be found midway along the line joining Crux to Achernar.
The image, of a region of sky near the south celestial pole, is the equivalent of a black and white photo, but made from radio waves.
3, in which the gnomon is once again pointing to the South Celestial pole, whose shadow is cast onto a plane inclined at 15 [degrees] to the horizon.
Immediately above the celestial pole is the faint constellation of Camelopardalus which, despite being the eighteenth largest by area in the sky, contains no stars brighter than fourth magnitude.
To compensate for your local latitude, your sundial's pointer, or gnomon, that casts the shadow on the hour marks should point towards the celestial pole (the north celestial pole if you're in the Northern Hemisphere, the south celestial pole if you're in the Southern Hemisphere).
The statement that the North Celestial Pole "lies within 0.
However, at measurements at latitude 54[degrees]N (in Pushchino), absence of the daily period [9] also was revealed when using collimators restricting a flow of the alpha particles of radioactive decay at the direction to the north celestial pole.
Recent studies of the cultic practices, ceremonial, and conceptual background of the supreme numinous power Taiyi, "Supreme One," during the Warring States through Han periods draw on abundant textual and archaeological materials and underscore the identification of Taiyi with the celestial pole.
Due to its offset of 3/4 degrees from the real celestial pole, even Polaris moves around it.
IT appears to be stationary because it is only a half a degree from the North Celestial Pole.
99, measuring the altitude of the North Star to determine that of the Celestial Pole was not as simple as it might at first appear: