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celestial sphere

celestial sphere

n.
An imaginary sphere of infinite extent with the earth at its center and on which the stars, planets, and other heavenly bodies appear to be located.
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celestial sphere

n
(Astronomy) an imaginary sphere of infinitely large radius enclosing the universe so that all celestial bodies appear to be projected onto its surface
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celes′tial sphere′


n.
the imaginary, infinite sphere formed by the sky, the center of which is a given observer's position.
[1875–80]
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celestial sphere

celestial sphere

An imaginary sphere with Earth at its center. The stars, planets, sun, moon, and other heavenly bodies appear to be located on this sphere.
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celestial sphere

An imaginary sphere of infinite radius concentric with the Earth, on which all celestial bodies except the Earth are imagined to be projected.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.celestial sphere - the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projectedcelestial sphere - the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected
apex of the sun's way, solar apex, apex - the point on the celestial sphere toward which the sun and solar system appear to be moving relative to the fixed stars
celestial point - a point in the heavens (on the celestial sphere)
nadir - the point below the observer that is directly opposite the zenith on the imaginary sphere against which celestial bodies appear to be projected
surface - the extended two-dimensional outer boundary of a three-dimensional object; "they skimmed over the surface of the water"; "a brush small enough to clean every dental surface"; "the sun has no distinct surface"
zenith - the point above the observer that is directly opposite the nadir on the imaginary sphere against which celestial bodies appear to be projected
zodiac - a belt-shaped region in the heavens on either side to the ecliptic; divided into 12 constellations or signs for astrological purposes
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Upon those crystalline, celestial spheres! How dark a woe, yet how sublime a hope!
The whole extent of the celestial sphere swarmed with stars and constellations of wonderful purity, enough to drive an astronomer out of his mind!
In her Peckham workshop, artist, ceramicist and cartographer Loraine Rutt hand makes mini-globes of the Earth, Moon and celestial spheres. Her Land and Sea globes, from PS295, are decorative little Earths that sit like a nut inside a hard casing of our oceans.
The trio are joined by Newmarket heritage handicap victor First Nation (Brett Doyle), Celestial Spheres (James Doyle) and Nordic Lights (Colm O'Donoghue), who are trained by Charlie Appleby.
CELESTIAL SPHERES (1.50) can star for in-form Charlie Appleby in the Qatar Racing Handicap.
It is worth mentioning that the exhibition will be offering numerous significant scientific artifacts including the oldest terrestrial and celestial spheres that date back to old Islamic eras, which have linked the world from these eras to the present day.
Newmarket David Milnes Celestial Spheres 7.45 Wolverhampton, nap Was not stopping when defeating subsequent winner Cosmeapolitan over this trip at Lingfield last time and fancied to defy a 4lb rise.
CELESTIAL SPHERES boasts some impressive statistics this winter and he can further augment those numbers in the Betway Handicap at Wolverhampton.
Celestial Spheres can kick-off an across-the-card double for Charlie Appleby in Lingfield's Betway Handicap.
Celestial Spheres can kick off an across-the-card double for Charlie Appleby in Lingfield's Betway Handicap.
For instance, the arrangement of a 15th-century Italian Renaissance depiction of the cosmos opposite a representation of the universe taken from a 16th-century Safavid Persian edition of The Wonders of Creation and the Oddities of Existence (shown below) emphasizes the celestial spheres in both images.
Its physical omnipresence would surely have impacted our ancestors, who must have wondered about the celestial spheres overhead.