celestial \ce*les"tial\ (?), a. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of, the chinese, or celestial, empire, of the chinese people. celestial \ce*les"tial\, n. a chinaman; a chinese. [colloq.] celestial \ce*les"tial\ (?), a. [of. celestial, celestied, fr. l. caelestic, fr. caelum heaved. see cell.] 1. belonging to the aërial regions, or visible heavens. "the twelve celestial signs." 2. of or pertaining to the spiritual heaven; heavenly; divine. "celestial spirits." "celestial light," celestial city, heaven; the heavenly jerusalem. celestial empire, china; -- so called from the chinese words, tien chan, heavenly dynasty, as being the kingdom ruled over by the dynasty appointed by heaven. w. williams. celestial \ce*les"tial\, n. 1. an inhabitant of heaven. 2. a native of china.
celestial pole celestial equator celestial empire celestial orbit celestial magic celestial longitude celestial poles celestial horizon celestial city rational or celestial horizon
Adjective 1. of or relating to the sky; "celestial map"; "a heavenly body" (synonym) heavenly (pertainym) sky 2. relating to or inhabiting a divine heaven; "celestial beings"; "heavenly hosts" (synonym) heavenly (pertainym) Heaven 3. of heaven or the spirit; "celestial peace"; "ethereal melodies"; "the supernal happiness of a quiet death" (synonym) ethereal, supernal (similar) heavenly
Any object, such as a star, a galaxy , a planet, or a nebula that appears projected onto the celestial sphere. The projection of space onto a hollow sphere surrounding the Earth but centred on the observer. Only half of the celestial sphere is ever visible to an observer because the other half is masked by the surface of the Earth. Being a sphere, the easiest coordinate system to use is one of angular measurements. Several systems exist such as altitude and azimuth , right ascension and declination. The sphere itself is split up into arbitrary areas known as constellations .