equinoctial point

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equinoctial point

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(Astronomy) either of the two points at which the celestial equator intersects the ecliptic
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Noun1.equinoctial point - (astronomy) either of the two celestial points at which the celestial equator intersects the ecliptic
astronomy, uranology - the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole
celestial point - a point in the heavens (on the celestial sphere)
vernal equinox - (astronomy) the equinoctial point that lies in the constellation of Pisces
autumnal equinox - (astronomy) the equinoctial point that lies in the constellation of Virgo
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Zoned by those letters you saw the likeness of three Andes' summits; from one a flame; a tower on another; on the third a crowing cock; while arching over all was a segment of the partitioned zodiac, the signs all marked with their usual cabalistics, and the keystone sun entering the equinoctial point at Libra.
This is the discrete format of stationary Fokker-Planck equation in equinoctial points of the domain of definition.
(2) There is a ninth, outermost sphere (kurah kharijah anha muhitah), which defines the edge or boundary of the universe and supposedly contains no star (ghayr mukawkabah), posited to explain the daily motion of the heaven, whereas the motion of the eighth sphere (that of the fixed stars) is said to be due to the precession of the equinoctial points (nugtatd al-itidal).