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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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of anthropos contemplating the fixed star in order to access its own
Greek stargazers were particularly intrigued by wandering stars or planets (planetes)-celestial bodies constantly changing their positions with respect to the "stationary,' or fixed stars. They knew of exactly seven such planets influencing human destinies, thought to revolve in the heavens about a fixed Earth and visible to the naked eye: Mercury, Venus, the Moon, the Sun, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
The Moon joins up with the fixed star Regulus around midweek, signalling some excellent news for Leos and Virgos.
From Galileo's notes it is evident that he did spot it on 28 December 1612 and 27 January 1613[5][6] when it appeared close to Jupiter (it was actually nearly in conjunction with Jupiter), but he recorded as a fixed star. In June 1846 Sir George Airy, the Astronomer Royal, persuaded James Challis to look for the missing planet after seeing that Le Verrier's results were very similar to those of Adams.
Whither will wanderers turn distracted eyes For some fixed star to stimulate their pace Towards the goal of their enterprise?
There was a point of reference, Atherel, a fixed star. We would be a single I in absence.
As Justice Robert Jackson stated then: "If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein."
Germaine Greer has long been a fixed star in the galaxy of the feminist movement.
Barnette, Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson wrote, "If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein."
In the limit, at the height of a fixed star (at least 4 light-years), the streamers (light rays from the star) become essentially vertical, all parallel to each other, and the bottom of the pole on the ground is the Geographical Position.