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(astronomy) the formation of a celestial object by the effect of gravity pulling together surrounding objects and gases accretion
one of 7 to 12 sons of Aditi; gods of celestial light Aditya
light reflected by celestial body albedo
(astronomy) apparent meeting or passing of two or more celestial bodies in the same degree of the zodiac alignment , conjunction
angular distance above the horizon (especially of a celestial object) ALT , altitude , EL , elevation
instrument that measures the altitude and azimuth of celestial bodies; used in navigation altazimuth
celestial being angel , cherub , god , goddess , seraph
parallax of a celestial body using two points in the earth's orbit around the sun as the baseline annual parallax , heliocentric parallax
point on the celestial sphere toward which the sun and solar system appear to be moving relative to the fixed stars apex , apex of the sun's way , solar apex
orbit of celestial body farthest from sun, point of aphelion
orbit of celestial body from center of attraction, closest or farthest point in apse , apsis
angel ranked above the highest rank in the celestial hierarchy archangel
celestial globe consisting of metal hoops; used by early astronomers to determine the positions of stars armilla , armillary sphere
celestial journey ascension
any of numerous small celestial bodies composed of rock and metal that move around the sun (mainly between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter) asteroid
planet or celestial body, very small asteroid , minor planet , planetoid
transparent dome on top of an airplane where the navigator can make celestial observations astrodome
instrument for studying celestial bodies astrolabe
navigational instrument measuring celestial bodies astrolabe , sextant
branch of astronomy that deals with the measurement of the position and motion of celestial bodies astrometry
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