hour angle
noun Date: circa 1837 the angle between the celestial meridian of an observer and the hour circle of a celestial object measured westward from the meridian

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  • Hour angle — Hour Hour, n. [OE. hour, our, hore, ure, OF. hore, ore, ure, F. heure, L. hora, fr. Gr. ?, orig., a definite space of time, fixed by natural laws; hence, a season, the time of the day, an hour. See {Year}, and cf. {Horologe}, {Horoscope}.] 1. The …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hour angle — n. Astron. the angle formed at the pole, or its arc on the celestial equator, between the hour circle of a celestial object and the observer s celestial meridian measured in hours, minutes, etc.: it represents the elapsed time since the object… …   English World dictionary

  • hour-angle — hourˈ angle noun (astronomy) The angle (usu measured as time) between the declination circle of a body observed and the observer s meridian • • • Main Entry: ↑hour …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hour angle — In astronomy, the hour angle is one of the coordinates used in the equatorial coordinate system for describing the position of a point on the celestial sphere.The hour angle of a point is the angle between the half plane determined by the Earth… …   Wikipedia

  • hour angle — The angular distance west of a celestial meridian or hour circle; the arc of the celestial equator, or the angle at the celestial pole, between the upper branch of a celestial meridian or hour circle and the hour circle of a celestial body or the …   Aviation dictionary

  • hour angle — noun 1. the angular distance along the celestial equator from the observer s meridian to the hour circle of a given celestial body (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑distance 2. (astronomy) the angular distance of a celestial point measured westward along… …   Useful english dictionary

  • hour angle — Astron. the angle, measured westward through 360°, between the celestial meridian of an observer and the hour circle of a celestial body. Cf. sidereal hour angle. [1830 40] * * * ▪ astronomy  in astronomy, the angle between an observer s meridian …   Universalium

  • hour angle — valandų kampas statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. hour angle vok. Stundenwinkel, m rus. часовой угол, m pranc. angle horaire, m …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • hour angle — hour′ an gle n. astron. the angle, measured westward through 360°, between the celestial meridian of an observer and the hour circle of a celestial body • Etymology: 1830–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • Greenwich hour angle — hour angle measured from the meridian of Greenwich, England. * * * …   Universalium

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