celestial pole


Definition of celestial pole

: either of the two points on the celestial sphere around which the diurnal rotation of the stars appears to take place

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The continent stretched toward the celestial pole, after all. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "In ‘North Pole: Nature and Culture,’ grappling with a place beyond time and measure," 3 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of celestial pole

1848, in the meaning defined above

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