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Meaning of right ascension

right' ascen'sion

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— Astron. Astron.
  1. the arc of the celestial equator measured eastward from the vernal equinox to the foot of the great circle passing through the celestial poles and a given point on the celestial sphere, expressed in degrees or hours.
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