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equinoctial point

noun
1.
either of the two points at which the celestial equator and the ecliptic intersect each other; the position of the sun's center at the equinoxes.
Origin of equinoctial point
1720-1730
1720-30
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  • The distance of any time star from the equinoctial point, in time, is called its right ascension.

  • The time occupied by the sun, in passing from the equinoctial point round to the same point again, is called the tropical year.

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  • That is, any meridian passes the Spring equinoctial point 1110 of a second sooner than the time of one absolute rotation.

  • Remember we cannot take a transit of the equinoctial point, because there is nothing to see, and that nothing is moving!

British Dictionary definitions for equinoctial point

equinoctial point

noun
1.
either of the two points at which the celestial equator intersects the ecliptic
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