fixed star

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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Particularly: “The WP article directly contradicts this, suggesting the sense of fixed: not moving has been part of this term from the beginning. C.f. Latin stellae fixae (fixed stars). Can anyone confirm / clarify?”

From earlier fixed star (comet, meteor), alteration of faxed star. Change in meaning influenced by fixed (stationary, remaining in place).

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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