Glossary term: Ecliptic

Description: The ecliptic is the great circle on the celestial sphere formed by projecting the plane of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun onto the celestial sphere. Effectively, the ecliptic is the apparent path of the Sun amongst the stars during the year. All constellations of the Zodiac lie along the ecliptic, and eight major planets lie relatively close to the ecliptic as observed from the Earth.

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