• The Celestial Sphere
    The Celestial Sphere
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj celestial of heaven or the spirit "celestial peace","ethereal melodies","the supernal happiness of a quiet death"
    • adj celestial relating to or inhabiting a divine heaven "celestial beings","heavenly hosts"
    • adj celestial of or relating to the sky "celestial map","a heavenly body"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Celestial Globe of Jodocus Hondius, 1600 Celestial Globe of Jodocus Hondius, 1600
Terrestrial and Celestial Globes of Willem Jansz. Blaeu, 1616 Terrestrial and Celestial Globes of Willem Jansz. Blaeu, 1616
Celestial Globe of Willem Jansz. Blaeu, 1622 Celestial Globe of Willem Jansz. Blaeu, 1622
Celestial Globe of Willem Jansz. Blaeu, ca. 1640 Celestial Globe of Willem Jansz. Blaeu, ca. 1640
Celestial Globe of P. Vincenzo Coronelli, 1688 Celestial Globe of P. Vincenzo Coronelli, 1688
Celestial Globe of P. Vincenzo Coronelli, 1693 Celestial Globe of P. Vincenzo Coronelli, 1693
Celestial Globe of Gerhard and Leonhard Valk, 1750 Celestial Globe of Gerhard and Leonhard Valk, 1750
Celestial Globe of Mattheus Seutter, 1710 Celestial Globe of Mattheus Seutter, 1710

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There is air in space, but very little of it. In fact, it is equivalent to a marble in a box 5 miles wide. Most of the gas is captured by the gravitational pull of other celestial bodies.Thanx M.Lerner
    • Celestial A native of China; a Chinaman; a Chinese.
    • Celestial An inhabitant of heaven.
    • Celestial Belonging to the aërial regions, or visible heavens. "The twelve celestial signs."
    • Celestial Of or pertaining to the spiritual heaven; heavenly; divine. "Celestial spirits.""Celestial light,"
    • Celestial Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of, the Chinese, or Celestial, Empire, of the Chinese people.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • celestial Of or pertaining to the sky or visible heaven: as, the celestial globe; “the twelve celestial signs,”
    • celestial Heavenly; belonging or relating to, or characteristic of, heaven; dwelling in heaven; hence, of superior excellence, delight, purity, etc.: as, a celestial being; celestial felicity.
    • n celestial An inhabitant of heaven.
    • n celestial [capitalized] A popular name for a native of China, the “Celestial Empire.”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Celestial sel-est′yal heavenly: dwelling in heaven: in the visible heavens
    • n Celestial an inhabitant of heaven
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  • John Milton
    “Adam inquires concerning celestial motions, is doubtfully answered, and exhorted to search rather things more worthy of knowledge.”
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    “Every beauty which is seen here below by persons of perception resembles more than anything else that celestial source from which we all are come”
  • George Washington
    “Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “Whatever that be which thinks, understands, wills, and acts. it is something celestial and divine.”
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
    “The moon and other celestial bodies should be free for exploration and use by all countries. No country should be permitted to advance a claim of sovereignty.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. celestial, celestied, fr. L. caelestic, fr. caelum, heaved. See Cell


In literature:

These celestial eyes seem in their turn to gaze at, and to question us.
"Astronomy for Amateurs" by Camille Flammarion
A record of the days, feasts, and celestial phenomena of the year.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The celestial smirks and jabbers something in pidgin English, which not being able to understand you answer with a grunt and pass on.
"Life and sport in China" by Oliver G. Ready
The celestial operations affect not all kinds of bodies, but only the more sensible, as humours, air, and spirits.
"Myths and Marvels of Astronomy" by Richard A. Proctor
Of good and ill they spoke, effect and cause, Celestial agencies, and Nature's laws.
"The Temple of Nature; or, the Origin of Society" by Erasmus Darwin
We must also occasionally refer to the important problems of celestial measuring and celestial weighing.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
But her confidence in her celestial mission soon returned: her patron saints seemed to stand before her and reassure her.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
N. latitude, the celestial equator would intersect the celestial sphere at a point 40 deg.
"Lectures in Navigation" by Ernest Gallaudet Draper
The civilization of the "Celestial Empire" is, with the possible exception of that of Egypt, the oldest in the world.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
Now he is saved, and reigns in celestial glory.
"Mediaeval Tales" by Various
The term of the series succeeding that which corresponded to the orbit of Mars was without a celestial representative.
"A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century" by Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
At an early age he was occupied in observing celestial objects, making researches in optics, and acquiring a proficient knowledge of astronomy.
"The Astronomy of Milton's 'Paradise Lost'" by Thomas Orchard
We have seen that the usual shape of celestial bodies themselves is spherical.
"Astronomy of To-day" by Cecil G. Dolmage
The ecliptic is a great circle of the sphere, and is usually drawn on both celestial and terrestrial globes.
"Pioneers of Science" by Oliver Lodge
From chimney-pot to coat-tail he stretched unchanged, and the same celestial rapture illumined his gaunt visage.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
He has an excellent constitution, and thinks about nothing else in the world but the celestial bodies.
"Sir William Herschel: His Life and Works" by Edward Singleton Holden
Soon the different curves met in a single point, and formed crowns of celestial richness.
"The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Hatteras" by Jules Verne
Celestial colours are beyond all imagination.
"The Prodigal Returns" by Lilian Staveley
One breast alone against his rage was steel'd, Secure in spotless Truth's celestial shield.
"The Lusiad" by Luís de Camões
Some passions, as that of sexual love, are celestial by one half of their origin, animal and earthy by the other half.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 353, March 1845" by Various

In poetry:

Sister spirit, yonder,
By that celestial gate,
What throngs of weary pilgrims,
In supplication wait.
"Joy in Heaven" by Henry Clay Work
Celestial maid of rosy hue,
O let me feel thy reign!
I languish till thy face I view,
Thy vanish'd joys regain.
"A Farewell To America to Mrs. S. W." by Phillis Wheatley
I would not be a stranger still
To that celestial place,
Where I for ever hope to dwell
Near my Redeemer's face.
"Hymn 162" by Isaac Watts
Angel of a nature human!
Essence of a celestial love!
Heart and soul of trusting woman,
Gone to her reward above!
"On The Death Of Mrs. Jessie Willis." by George Pope Morris
O Happy is the man who hears
Instruction's warning voice,
And who celestial wisdom makes
His early, only choice.
"Heavenly Wisdom" by John Logan
He filled his cup celestial
Full of thy tears and pain,
And tremblingly, yet freely,
He dared the dregs to drain.
"Weep Not" by Leo Alishan

In news:

For Space Mess, Scientists Seek Celestial Broom.
Mexican archaeologists say ceremonial Mayan ball court was celestial 'marker'.
The Sunnex Celestial Star™ MRI surgical light provides medical professionals and surgeons with a stable, reliable source of light in MRI surgical suites.
'Celestial Navigations': Al Jarnow's Vintage Conceptual Science Films.
In fact, it's the fifth-largest constellation of the Wichita Falls night sky, and it's home to some wonderful celestial treasures.
A Celestial Show From a Tiffany Window.
For now, I'll keep opening my wallet a little at a time and hope the gravitational pull from this celestial phenomena doesn't drain all my money.
The European Space Agency's sun-watching Proba-2 satellite saw three partial solar eclipses from its vantage point in space while NASA had cameras on the ground in Northern Australia to witness the full celestial event.
Ex-Celestial Seasonings manager embezzled $1.8M over 5 years.
A former distribution manager at Celestial Seasonings accused of embezzling $1.8 million from the Boulder-based tea company over the last five years was formally charged today with felony theft and seven counts of felony forgery.
I often think of music in association with the natural world, whether in sonics or mood: Sounds are atmospheric, celestial, nautical, earthy.
The tea is a full-bodied herbal blend from Celestial Seasonings called Bengal Spice.
After exhuming Galileo 's corpse last week, scientists discovered that blindness affected his ability to observe celestial objects through his ancient telescope.
For 3 days, starting Sunday, moon will perform a bit of 'celestial hopscotch ' in night sky.
4 Celestial Seasonings Red Zinger tea bags 4 cups water ½ cup simple syrup, or to taste (see accompanying recipe) ½ orange, cut int.

In science:

This transformation is known from celestial mechanics as the Levi–Civita transformation.
Dyon-Oscillator Duality
Fig. 5.— Celestial coordinate positions (J2000) of QSOs identified within our survey area.
QSOs and Absorption Line Systems Surrounding the Hubble Deep Field
However violent or disturbed in youth, mature elliptical galaxies are remarkably well-behaved members of the celestial pageant.
A Synthesis of Data from Fundamental Plane and Surface Brightness Fluctuation Surveys
According to above discussions, we know that a rotating celestial ob ject will give rise to gravitational magnetic field, so rotating earth will generate gravitational magnetic field around it.
Gauge Theory of Gravity
This repulsive force is important for the stability of some celestial ob ject.
Gauge Theory of Gravity
Gravitational Red Shift ]Some celestial ob jects, such quasars, have great red shift.
Gauge Theory of Gravity
In other words, if the radius of an celestial ob ject is R0 , it will be a black hole, and the gravitational potential reaches its minimum at the surface of the celestial ob ject.
Gauge Theory of Gravity
Suppose that there is a mass point with mass m locate at the surface of the celestial ob ject.
Gauge Theory of Gravity
Where is the energy comes from? We know that the gravitational field of these celestial ob jects are very strong, and therefore the gravitational wave radiation will also be very strong.
Gauge Theory of Gravity
For ordinary celestial ob jects, their moving speed is much less than the speed of light.
Gauge Theory of Gravity
It means that ordinary celestial ob jects obtain inertial energy through gravitational wave radiation.
Gauge Theory of Gravity
It is the source of part of the thermal radiation energy of these celestial ob jects.
Gauge Theory of Gravity
Brumberg, V. A. and Kopejkin, S. M., Relativistic Theory of Celestial Reference Frames, in J.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
Neishtadt, “Mathematical aspects of classical and celestial mechanics”; in Dynamical Systems III (V.I.
Hyperhamiltonian dynamics
This information, together with the knowledge of the payload geographical coordinates, is needed for imaging analysis of celestial sources.
The LXeGRIT Compton Telescope Prototype: Current Status and Future Prospects