Descending Node

  • (noun): The point at which an orbit crosses the ecliptic plane going south.

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Saros (astronomy) - Saros Series
... by about 0.5° with respect to the Moon's nodes every saros, and this gives rise to a series of eclipses, called a saros series, that slowly change in appearance ... saros series starts with a partial eclipse (Sun first enters the end of the node), and each successive saros the path of the Moon is shifted either northward (when near the descending node) or ... (Sun leaves the beginning of the node) ...

Famous quotes containing the word descending:

    The sun of her [Great Britain] glory is fast descending to the horizon. Her philosophy has crossed the Channel, her freedom the Atlantic, and herself seems passing to that awful dissolution, whose issue is not given human foresight to scan.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)