north celestial pole

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north celestial pole

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Collins Dictionary of Astronomy © Market House Books Ltd, 2006
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

North Celestial Pole


one of the two points of intersection of the celestial sphere with the earth’s axis, that is, with a line parallel to the earth’s axis of rotation and passing through the center of the celestial sphere. In the 20th century the north celestial pole, which wanders as a result of precession, is located approximately 1° from the star Polaris.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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At the north end, the meridian line climbs a stairway constructed to ascend at the angle of the north celestial pole. At night, visitors can sight the North Star along the stairway's central banister.

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