One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The point on the celestial sphere directly above either of the earth's geographic poles, around which the stars and planets appear to rotate during the course of the night. The north celestial pole is currently within one degree of the star Polaris.
- ‘This is the phenomenon of precession, caused by the Earth's axis slowly rotating around the celestial poles.’
- ‘Lanzetta bases his conclusion on a new analysis of galaxies in the Hubble deep fields taken near the north and south celestial poles.’
- ‘At first thought this does not seem too difficult a problem, even without a bright star close to the north celestial pole during the millennia of interest.’
- ‘The method proposed by Spence involved two stars on opposite sides of the celestial pole.’
- ‘Through the eye of a 5m-tall obelisk, the observer will see the south celestial pole, the point in the sky about which the southern stars rotate.’
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