Timekeeping and
the Celestial Sphere


In this section we deal with general properties of the celestial sphere: constellations, the naming of stars, and a general coordinate system for the celestial sphere that is analogous to the latitude-longitude system on the surface of the Earth and that allows us to specify precisely a location on the celestial sphere. We shall also consider some general aspects of timekeeping and calendars, because historically, the regular apparent motions of the heavens provided many of the ideas and much of the terminology that we use in timekeeping. For further discussion of many of the topics in this section, see Astronomy without a Telescope.


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