celestial latitude

The angular distance on the celestial sphere measured north or south of the ecliptic along the great circle passing through the poles of the ecliptic and the celestial object. It is measured in degrees along the circle of latitude. Today, this coordinate is seldom used; the declination, which is measured from the celestial equator, is used instead.

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  • celestial latitude — noun (astronomy) the angular distance of a celestial body north or to the south of the celestial equator; expressed in degrees; used with right ascension to specify positions on the celestial sphere • Syn: ↑declination, ↑dec • Topics: ↑astronomy …   Useful english dictionary

  • celestial latitude — Astron. the angular distance from the ecliptic of a point on the celestial sphere. * * * …   Universalium

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  • latitude — [lat′ə to͞od΄, lat′ətyo͞od΄] n. [OFr < L latitudo < latus, wide: see LATERAL] 1. Rare breadth; width 2. Rare extent; scope; range of applicability 3. freedom from narrow restrictions; freedom of opinion, conduct, or action 4. see… …   English World dictionary

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  • latitude — /lat i toohd , tyoohd /, n. 1. Geog. a. the angular distance north or south from the equator of a point on the earth s surface, measured on the meridian of the point. b. a place or region as marked by this distance. 2. freedom from narrow… …   Universalium

  • latitude — /ˈlætətjud / (say latuhtyoohd), / tʃud/ (say choohd) noun 1. Geography a. the angular distance north or south from the equator of a point on the earth s surface, measured on the meridian of the point: Canberra has a latitude of 35°17 S and a… …   Australian English dictionary

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