Following
Following Fol"low*ing, a. 1. Next after; succeeding; ensuing; as, the assembly was held on the following day. [1913 Webster]

2. (Astron.) (In the field of a telescope) In the direction from which stars are apparently moving (in consequence of the earth's rotation); as, a small star, north following or south following. In the direction toward which stars appear to move is called preceding. [1913 Webster]

Note: The four principal directions in the field of a telescope are north, south, following, preceding. [1913 Webster]


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