Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.
celestial latitude(ecliptic latitude) See ecliptic coordinate system.
Collins Dictionary of Astronomy © Market House Books Ltd, 2006
celestial latitude[sə′les·chəl ′lad·ə‚tüd]
Angular distance north or south of the ecliptic; the arc of a circle of latitude between the ecliptic and a point on the celestial sphere, measured northward or southward from the ecliptic through 90°, and labeled N or S to indicate the direction of measurement. Also known as ecliptic latitude.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The angular distance on the celestial sphere measured north or south of the ecliptic along the great circle passing through the poles of the ecliptic and the celestial object. It is measured in degrees along the circle of latitude. Today, this coordinate is seldom used; the declination, which is measured from the celestial equator, is used instead.
An Illustrated Dictionary of Aviation Copyright © 2005 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved