astrometry

noun
as·​trom·​e·​try | \ ə-ˈsträ-mə-trē How to pronounce astrometry (audio) \

Definition of astrometry

: a branch of astronomy that deals with measurements (as of positions and movements) of celestial bodies

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Other Words from astrometry

astrometric \ ˌas-​trə-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce astrometric (audio) \ adjective

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Byrd explains that Gaia studies the motions of individual stars using a technique called astrometry. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "2.8 Million Stars Sparkle in This Incredible Image of the Milky Way," 6 Sep. 2017 Measuring these shifts, or parallaxes, lets astronomers calculate the stars’ actual positions and movements through the galaxy with great precision, a field of study called astrometry that Gaia and its predecessor Hipparcos have revitalized. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "New Milky Way Map Is a Spectacular Billion-Star Atlas," 14 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of astrometry

1811, in the meaning defined above

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