[Ads-l] solstice

David Wilton dave at WILTON.NET
Sun Dec 23 14:16:50 UTC 2018

Yes, "angular distance" would be better than just "distance." But assuming the celestial equator is an infinite plane, then just "distance" is also correct.

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From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of Andy Bach
Sent: Saturday, December 22, 2018 7:23 PM
Subject: Re: [ADS-L] solstice

Seems right, though I may have missed where you disagree:
"Since the *ecliptic* is tilted 23.5 degrees with respect to the *celestial
equator*, the Sun's *maximum* angular *distance from the celestial equator* is
23.5 degrees. This happens at the *solstices*."


On Sat, Dec 22, 2018 at 5:37 PM Barretts Mail <mail.barretts at gmail.com>

> It appears to me that Merriam-Webster has this defined incorrectly:
> https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/solstice <
> https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/solstice>
> either of the two points on the ecliptic at which its distance from the
> celestial equator is greatest and which is reached by the sun each year
> about June 21 and December 21
> Does anyone know enough astronomy to know for sure?
> Benjamin Barrett
> Formerly of Seattle, WA
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