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equator British & World English

A line notionally drawn on the earth equidistant from the poles, dividing the earth into northern and southern hemispheres and constituting the parallel of latitude 0°

celestial equator British & World English

The projection into space of the earth’s equator; an imaginary circle equidistant from the celestial poles

galactic equator British & World English

The great circle of the celestial sphere passing as closely as possible through the densest parts of the Milky Way

magnetic equator British & World English

The irregular imaginary line, passing round the earth near the equator, on which a magnetic needle has no dip (see dip4noun4noun4noun)

geomagnetic equator British & World English

A notional circle on the earth’s surface, the plane of which is equidistant between the north and south magnetic poles and perpendicular to the magnetic field


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