Meaning of celestial latitude in English:

celestial latitude


  • The angular distance of a point north or south of the ecliptic.

    Compare with declination (sense 1)

    ‘Astronomers likewise use celestial latitudes for the angle north or south of the ecliptic plane.’
    • ‘It deviates by about 5 degrees of celestial latitude north and south each month.’
    • ‘At latitude twenty-three degrees north, the celestial latitude of Cancer, it is overhead on June 21st.’
    • ‘During a solar eclipse the Sun, Moon and Earth are more or less in line on the same celestial latitude.’
    • ‘The instrument can be easily reversed to remove systematic errors in observations for determining the celestial latitudes of stars.’