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celestial equator

noun, Astronomy, Navigation
1.
the great circle of the celestial sphere, lying in the same plane as the earth's equator.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75
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Examples from the web for celestial equator
  • Declination is often used to orient to the stars, in relationship to the celestial equator.
  • Attached to the inside of this ring is a wide band dedicated with the signs of the zodiac and representing the celestial equator.
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celestial equator

noun
1.
the great circle lying on the celestial sphere the plane of which is perpendicular to the line joining the north and south celestial poles Also called equinoctial, equinoctial circle
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celestial equator in Science
celestial equator  
A great circle separating the northern and southern hemispheres of the celestial sphere and lying in the same plane as the Earth's equator. The celestial equator is a projection of the Earth's equator outward onto the celestial sphere and is used as the reference point in determining a celestial body's declination.
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