Fixed stars

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(Astron.) such stars as always retain nearly the same apparent position and distance with respect to each other, thus distinguished from planets and comets.

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And yet what is that compared with the distance of the fixed stars, some of which, such as Arcturus, are billions of miles distant from us?
Thus, while our own change of positions is known to embrace an orbit of about 200,000,000 of miles, it is nevertheless so trifling as to produce no apparent change of position in thousands of the fixed stars that are believed to be the suns of other systems.
Tulliver had said that he was going to send Tom to the Lord Chancellor; for uncle Pullet belonged to that extinct class of British yeoman who, dressed in good broadcloth, paid high rates and taxes, went to church, and ate a particularly good dinner on Sunday, without dreaming that the British constitution in Church and State had a traceable origin any more than the solar system and the fixed stars.
Sir,--I have read with amusement, not wholly unmixed with some less complimentary emotion, the complacent and wholly fatuous letter of James Wilson MacPhail which has lately appeared in your columns upon the subject of the blurring of Fraunhofer's lines in the spectra both of the planets and of the fixed stars.
It made me hold my breath in expectation of hearing the wilderness burst into a prodigious peal of laughter that would shake the fixed stars in their places.
It surveys African interpretations of the Sun and Moon, eclipses, the fixed stars, planets, comets, and meteors, as based on praise poetry, riddles, and songs, as well as place names and material culture.
Some of these sightings may have been false positives: when I stared at the sky long enough, faint light-flickers started to bounce between the fixed stars, and my memory of the last flash and the hope for the next one conflated into a half-certain scintilla of a flare.
But that there are no such appearances among the fixed stars argues that they are at an immense height away, which makes the circle of annual movement or its image disappear from before our eyes since every visible thing has a certain distance beyond which it is no longer seen, as is shown in optics.
C] = Oxyz, and the neutrino arrival instant G as measured by the Gran Sasso reference frame, [MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], at the exact location of the interaction at an interation location within the Gran Sasso block of detectors, provided the effect of the Earth daily rotation under the assumptions we are taking in relation to the intantaneous movements of these locations in relation to the fixed stars as previously discussed:
The images, displayed under the headline of Social housing amid the fixed stars, represent modernist, social housing schemes in a timeless, unweathered environment of ideas, an impossibly clean estate somewhere in the 'ideal' realm'.
In Chapter 6 of Book 1, Ptolemy states that in relation to the distance of the fixed stars, the Earth was so small that it should be treated as a mathematical point.
To begin with, Ibn Sina rejects Aristotle's quite complicated theory according to which the motion of celestial spheres is due to forty-seven or fifty-five unmoved movers, the first of which, identified as theos, is said to be directly responsible for moving the outermost sphere of the fixed stars.