Asked by: Staci Nerini
asked in category: General Last Updated: 17th January, 2020

How do you find the celestial equator?

At the equator, you see the celestial equator arcing from exactly east to the zenith to exactly west. The NCP is on your northern horizon. At the equator you see one-half of every star's total 24-hour path around you so all stars are up for 12 hours.

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People also ask, what constellations are on the celestial equator?

The five northern constellations visible from most locations north of the equator throughout the year are Cassiopeia, Cepheus, Draco, Ursa Major, and Ursa Minor. The three southern circumpolar constellations visible from most locations in the southern hemisphere are Carina, Centaurus, and Crux.

Secondly, is the ecliptic the same as the celestial equator? So, no both are not the same. The plane of the Earth's orbit around the Sun is the ecliptic plane. It is related to our orbit around the Sun. The celestial equator is the projection of Earth's equator onto the sky.

Subsequently, question is, where is the celestial equator located if you are at the north celestial pole?

On an equinox the Sun is on the celestial equator, and hence the celestial equator would mark the Sun's path in the sky. At the north pole (latitude=+90°), the north celestial pole (NCP) is at zenith and the celestial equator lies on the horizon.

Does the celestial equator move?

The arc of the celestial equator moves to the north, but the arc still intercepts the horizon at the exactly east/west points. Meridian always goes through due North, zenith, and due South points.

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