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Any of the 88 areas into which the celestial sphere is divided for the purposes of identifying objects, as adopted by the International Astronomical Union in 1922 (see Table 3, Appendix). ...

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A Dictionary of Astronomy (3 ed.)

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2018

...scientifique des constellations ( 1930 ) and the related Atlas céleste ( 1930 ). The brightest stars in a constellation are identified by a Greek letter (the system of Bayer letters ) or by a number (its Flamsteed number ). When referring to stars identified in this way, the genitive case of the constellation’s name is always used, as in Alpha Orionis, 61 Cygni, or Zeta Ursae Majoris. Three-letter abbreviations of constellation names, as laid down by the IAU, are also frequently encountered (e.g. Ori, Cyg, or UMa). The constellations officially...

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World Encyclopedia

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2004
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... Grouping of stars, forming an imaginary figure traced on the sky. The groupings have no physical basis as each star is a different distance from Earth. There are 88 constellations that have been assigned boundaries on the celestial sphere by the International Astronomical Union In 1930...

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A Dictionary of Critical Theory

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2010

... Walter Benjamin famously proposed in the ‘Epistemo-Critical Prologue’ to Ursprung des deutschen Trauerspiels ( 1928 ), translated as The Origin of German Tragic Drama ( 1977 ), that ideas are to objects as constellations are to stars. That is to say, ideas are no more present in the world than constellations actually exist in the heavens, but like constellations they enable us to perceive relations between objects. It also means ideas are not the same as concepts, nor can they be construed as the laws of concepts. Ideas do not give rise to...

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A Dictionary of Critical Theory (2 ed.)

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2018

... Walter Benjamin famously proposed in the ‘Epistemo-Critical Prologue’ to Ursprung des deutschen Trauerspiels ( 1928 ), translated as The Origin of German Tragic Drama ( 1977 ), that ideas are to objects as constellations are to stars. That is to say, ideas are no more present in the world than constellations actually exist in the heavens, but like constellations they enable us to perceive relations between objects. It also means ideas are not the same as concepts, nor can they be construed as the laws of concepts. Ideas do not give rise to...

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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2002

... C-121 used primarily as a transport aircraft for very important people, the C-121 is best known in its EC-121 version as a radar aircraft. Another version, the C-121J, was an airborne television studio used during the Vietnam War...

Afternoon Constellation

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A Dictionary of Space Exploration (3 ed.)

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...Afternoon Constellation ( A-Train ) A group of Earth-observing satellites operated by NASA and its international partners that closely follow one after another along the same orbital ‘track’. The satellites are in a polar orbit, crossing the equator northbound at 1:30 pm local time, within seconds to minutes of each other, allowing near-simultaneous observations of the Earth for the benefit of society. Popularly known as the A-Train , five satellites currently fly in the constellation: Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 ( OCO-2 ), Global Change Observation...

Constellation Brands

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The Oxford Companion to Wine (4 ed.)

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... Brands , holding company of Constellation Wines, previously known as Canandaigua (still the name of its new york wine subsidiary). Based in Fairport, New York, Constellation Brands is a leading international producer and marketer of virtually all forms of alcoholic beverage. Thanks to consistent acquisition, it became the world’s largest wine business in 2004 . In 2006 it acquired Canada’s biggest wine company Vincor and remains the dominant player there. But in 2011 it refocused on its American roots and sold off all of the Australian, South...

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A Dictionary of Plant Sciences (4 ed.)

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2019
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87 words

... diagram A representation of species affinities based on χ ‎ 2 as a measure of the association between species. The reciprocal of the χ ‎ 2 value for each species pair is used to plot the diagram, so that highly positively associated species with large χ ‎ 2 values are positioned closely together. Thus, clusters of similarly distributed species may emerge, while the transitional affinities of a species with those of another main focal area or cluster will be evident. The constellation diagram exemplifies a simply calculated ordination...

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A Dictionary of Zoology (5 ed.)

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2020
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... diagram A representation of species affinities that is based on χ ‎ 2 as a measure of the association between species. The reciprocal of the χ ‎ 2 value for each species pair is used to plot the diagram, so that highly positively associated species with large χ ‎ 2 values are positioned closely together. Thus clusters of similarly distributed species may emerge, while the transitional affinities of a species with those of another main focal area or cluster will be evident. The constellation diagram exemplifies a simply calculated...

Constellation, USS

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The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea (2 ed.)

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2007
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... , USS , a 38-gun frigate , one of the six original frigates authorized by the US Congress in 1794 . When the stars and stripes became the national flag of the USA, the white stars on a blue field were called ‘a new constellation’, which is the origin of her name. She was built in Baltimore, and in June 1798 was the first of the frigates to go to sea, at the beginning of the undeclared naval war with France. Commanded by Thomas Truxton ( 1755–1822 ), she captured the French frigate L'Insurgente in February 1799 and the following year fought...

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A Dictionary of Ecology (5 ed.)

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... diagram A representation of species affinities based on χ ‎ 2 ( chi-squared test ) as a measure of the association between species. The reciprocal of the χ ‎ 2 value for each species pair is used to plot the diagram, so that highly positively associated species with large χ ‎ 2 values are positioned closely together. Thus clusters of similarly distributed species may emerge, while the transitional affinities of a species with those of another main focal area or cluster will be evident. The constellation diagram exemplifies a simply...

BlackSky Constellation

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A Dictionary of Geology and Earth Sciences (5 ed.)

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2020

...Constellation A constellation of sixty Earth-observation satellites, each designed for a 3-year mission, planned by BlackSky Global, of Seattle, Washington, USA, the first of which, a pathfinder microsatellite , was launched on 26 September 2016 , from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, India, into a Sun-synchronous orbit. The company aimed to have the full constellation in orbit by 2019 . The satellites will provide 1-m-resolution colour images of the entire...

RapidEye Earth Observation Constellation

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A Dictionary of Geology and Earth Sciences (5 ed.)

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...Earth Observation Constellation A US commercial mission of five minisatellites to provide Earth observation relating to agriculture, environment, forestry, and mapping, as well as intelligence and defence applications. The constellation was launched on 29 August 2008, from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, into a Sun-synchronous orbit, with the satellites evenly spaced in a single orbital plane, at an altitude of 630...

Disaster Monitoring Constellation for International Imaging

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A Dictionary of Geology and Earth Sciences (5 ed.)

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2020

...Monitoring Constellation for International Imaging ( DMCII ) An international programme using eight low-cost microsatellites that form a network that provide a daily global imaging capability at 30–40 m resolution in 3–4 spectral bands to assist in rapid-response disaster monitoring and mitigation. The spacecraft were constructed by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd., UK, and are operated on behalf of the Algerian, Nigerian, Turkish, British, and Chinese governments. The satellites were launched between 2002 and 2011 ; six completed their missions,...

United Kingdom – Disaster Monitoring Constellation-2

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A Dictionary of Geology and Earth Sciences (5 ed.)

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2020

...Kingdom – Disaster Monitoring Constellation-2 ( UK-DMC-2 ) A second-generation satellite mission working in conjunction with Deimos , NigeriaSat-2 , and NigeriaSat-X to provide images of large areas of territory. UK-DMC-2 and Deimos-1 were launched on 29 July 2009, from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, into slightly eccentric, Sun-synchronous orbits, Deimos-1 with perigee at about 642 km and UK-DMC-2 with perigee at about 632...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation

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2016

...constellation n ˌkɒnstǝ'lɛ:sɪǝn sp constellation 1 ...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

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Current Version:
2003
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... †(astrol.) relative position of the stars; (astron.) number of fixed stars artificially grouped together. XIV. — (O)F. — late L. constellātiō , -ōn- , f. CON- + stella STAR ; see -ATION...

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Pocket Oxford-Hachette French Dictionary: French-English (4 ed.)

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2012
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Pocket Oxford-Hachette French Dictionary: English-French (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2012
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Pocket Oxford Italian Dictionary: English-Italian (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2012
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