fixed star

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Etymology[edit]

Originally called thus to distinguish the stars that appear to have a fixed position on the firmament from the “wandering stars” – the planets.

Noun[edit]

fixed star (plural fixed stars)

  1. (astronomy) Any star that is so distant that its movement, relative to others, is not perceptible; in practice, any star except the sun

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