peculiar motion

peculiar motion

1. The motion of an individual star relative to a group of neighboring stars.
2. That part of the proper motion of a star that results from its actual movement in space; it is the star's proper motion after elimination of the effects of the Sun's motion.
3. (peculiar velocity; streaming motion) A deviation of a galaxy or cluster of galaxies from the Hubble flow due to its real motion under local gravitational effects, such as the motion of the Local Group due to the Great Attractor.
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I never look at him at all; but if ever I get a chance of a dark night, and he standing hard by the bulwarks, and no one by; look down there, Flask --pointing into the sea with a peculiar motion of both hands -- Aye, will I
Their peculiar motion makes it hard to write a formula for overall gravitational growth.
The Milky Way's peculiar motion along the Virgo-Fornax axis will be established.
But, in particular with this survey, we are able to analyse the very individual motions of the galaxies on top of that - what we call the peculiar motions of the galaxies," he explained.
The 'Self of selves,'" he wrote, "when carefully examined, is found to consist mainly of the collection of these peculiar motions in the head or between the head and throat.