Glossary term: Celestial Pole

Description: The celestial North and South Poles correspond to the points where the celestial sphere intersects with the Earth's axis of rotation.

At the Earth's North Pole, the celestial North Pole is always directly overhead and at the Earth's South Pole, the celestial South Pole is always directly overhead. Due to the Earth's rotation, the sky in the northern hemisphere appears to rotate around the celestial North Pole and in the southern hemisphere the sky appears to rotate around the celestial South Pole. The celestial North Pole is at a declination of +90 degrees and the celestial South Pole is at a declination of -90 degrees.

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