Fixed Stars

The fixed stars (from the Latin stellae fixae) are celestial objects that do not seem to move in relation to the other stars of the night sky. Hence, a fixed star is any star except for the Sun. A nebula or other starlike object may also be called a fixed star. People in many cultures have imagined that the stars form pictures in the sky called constellations. In ancient Greek astronomy, the stars were believed to exist on a giant celestial sphere, or firmament, that revolved around the Earth daily.

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Rotating Spheres - Background
... already as not in a state of rotation, as an example from Newton's time, the fixed stars ... a body rotates relatively to the fixed stars, centrifugal forces are produced when it rotates relatively to some different body and not relative to the fixed stars, no centrifugal forces are produced ... relative to anything in particular (for example, absolute space or fixed stars) rather the experiment is an operational definition of what is meant by the motion called absolute rotation ...
The Fixed Stars in Classical Mechanics
... In Newton's time the fixed stars were invoked as a reference frame supposedly at rest relative to absolute space ... In other reference frames either at rest with respect to the fixed stars or in uniform translation relative to these stars, Newton's laws of motion were supposed to hold ... In contrast, in frames accelerating with respect to the fixed stars, in particular frames rotating relative to the fixed stars, the laws of motion did not hold in their simplest form, but had ...
History of The Astrological Ages - Post Hipparchus - Trepidation
... early post-Hipparchus period, two schools of thought developed about the slow shift of the fixed sphere of stars as discovered by Hipparchus ... One school believed that at 1 degree shift per 100 years, the sphere of fixed stars would return to its starting point after 36,000 years ... The trepidation school believed that the fixed stars first moved one way, then moved the other way - similar to a giant pendulum ...
Pony Club (band) - History - Bawl and Fixed Stars
... For legal reasons, the band had to change its name to Fixed Stars and signed on with Mercury ... They released several singles as Fixed Stars, but broke up in 2000, having been dropped before releasing their album ... Broudie of the Lightning Seeds had produced some of the Fixed Stars singles, and Mark Cullen continued to work with Broudie, writing songs for the Lightning Seeds album Tilt, and contributing with ...
Heliocentrism - Early Developments - Greek and Hellenistic World
... The Sun revolved around the central fire once a year, and the stars were stationary ... His hypotheses are that the fixed stars and the Sun remain unmoved, that the Earth revolves about the Sun on the circumference of a circle, the Sun lying in the ... Aristarchus thus believed the stars to be very far away, and saw this as the reason why there was no visible parallax, that is, an observed movement of the stars relative to each other as the Earth moved ...

Famous quotes containing the words stars and/or fixed:

    From time to time there appear on the face of the earth men of rare and consummate excellence, who dazzle us by their virtue, and whose outstanding qualities shed a stupendous light. Like those extraordinary stars of whose origins we are ignorant, and of whose fate, once they have vanished, we know even less, such men have neither forebears nor descendants: they are the whole of their race.
    —Jean De La Bruy√®re (1645–1696)

    Indeed, I thought, slipping the silver into my purse ... what a change of temper a fixed income will bring about. No force in the world can take from me my five hundred pounds. Food, house and clothing are mine for ever. Therefore not merely do effort and labour cease, but also hatred and bitterness. I need not hate any man; he cannot hurt me. I need not flatter any man; he has nothing to give me.
    Virginia Woolf (1882–1941)