zenith distance


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Related to zenith distance: celestial horizon, Equatorial coordinate system, Polar distance

zenith distance

[′zē·nəth ‚dis·təns]
(astronomy)
Angular distance from the zenith; the arc of a vertical circle between the zenith and a point on the celestial sphere, measured from the zenith through 90°, for bodies above the horizon. Also known as co-altitude.

zenith distance (ZD)

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The angular distance through the arc of a vertical circle between the zenith and a point on the celestial sphere, measured from the zenith through 90°, for bodies above the horizon. Also known as co-altitude.