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fixed star

1. any of the stars in the Ptolemaic system, all of which were thought to be attached to an outer crystal sphere thus explaining their apparent lack of movement
2. an extremely distant star whose position appears to be almost stationary over a long period of time

fixed star

[¦fikst ′stär]
(astronomy)
A misnomer to indicate those stars which kept apparently the same position with respect to other stars, in contrast to the planets which were termed wandering stars.

fixed star

fixed star
The lower section of a swash plate in a helicopter rotor system that helps tilt the rotor blades. It is the nonrotating portion of the swash plate and is controlled by the cyclic controls.
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is possibly the reason also why the fixed stars appear to twinkle
The ship could be on any one of the circles of the same diameter associated with the Geographical Position as it moved with the star crossing the sky; for the relative positions of fixed stars change extremely slowly over the 25,800-year cycle of precession.
38) A very reasonable argument, but Riccioli notes that the geocentrists have a valid answer to it: The Sun is not the center of the Moon's orbit; it is not the center of motion for the fall of heavy bodies and the rise of fire; and it is not the center of the Fixed stars.
C] = Oxyz, and the neutrino arrival instant G as measured by the Gran Sasso reference frame, [MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], at the exact location of the interaction at an interation location within the Gran Sasso block of detectors, provided the effect of the Earth daily rotation under the assumptions we are taking in relation to the intantaneous movements of these locations in relation to the fixed stars as previously discussed:
The images, displayed under the headline of Social housing amid the fixed stars, represent modernist, social housing schemes in a timeless, unweathered environment of ideas, an impossibly clean estate somewhere in the 'ideal' realm'.
Since within a period of a few hours the comet moves relative to the background of fixed stars, the first step was to align all of the images and correct for this motion.
In Chapter 6 of Book 1, Ptolemy states that in relation to the distance of the fixed stars, the Earth was so small that it should be treated as a mathematical point.
It is fashi to find the dista of even the neare fixed stars incon, and to make no attem to grapp with the numbe of atoms in one's thumb.
Bacon] views objects from the greatest height, and his reflections acquire a sublimity in proportion to their profundity, as in deep wells of water we see the sparkling of the highest fixed stars.
To begin with, Ibn Sina rejects Aristotle's quite complicated theory according to which the motion of celestial spheres is due to forty-seven or fifty-five unmoved movers, the first of which, identified as theos, is said to be directly responsible for moving the outermost sphere of the fixed stars.
not the fixed stars moving in rotation nor the one moon in its variety.