South Ecliptic Pole

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South Ecliptic Pole

 

one of the two points of intersection of the celestial sphere with a line perpendicular to the plane of the ecliptic and passing through the center of the sphere. Located in the southern sky, in the constellation Dorado, the south ecliptic pole has the following equatorial coordinates: right ascension α = 6h00 min; declination δ = −66°33’.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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