Consequently, the full moon, being nearly opposite the sun on the ecliptic, would be in the sign Chitra or near it.
The centre of the circle in the constellation of Draco is the pole of the ecliptic.
The ecliptic had inclined itself beyond recovery till life was as thin as the elm trees.
We shall, for simplicity, refer only to a star at the pole of the ecliptic.
In 1648 Grimaldi saw but two, and noticed that they lay parallel to the ecliptic.
Those points in the orbit of a planet or comet where it intersects the ecliptic.
We have now only to go one step further to get our complete conception of the plane of the ecliptic.
The two points where the tropics meet the ecliptic, in longitude 90° and 270°.
The Sun, represented by the small circle, is moving slowly and in its annual course along the ecliptic to the left.
There is no distinction between the equator and the ecliptic.
late 14c., "the circle in the sky followed by the Sun," from Medieval Latin ecliptica, from Late Latin (linea) ecliptica, from Greek ekliptikos "of an eclipse" (see eclipse (n.)). So called because eclipses happen only when the Moon is near the line. Related: Ecliptical.
The great circle on the celestial sphere that represents the Sun's apparent path among the background stars in one year. The northernmost point this path reaches on the celestial sphere is the Tropic of Cancer, its southernmost point is the Tropic of Capricorn, and it crosses the celestial equator at the points of vernal and autumnal equinox. ◇ The plane of the ecliptic is the imaginary plane that intersects the celestial sphere along the ecliptic, and the north and south ecliptic poles are the points where a perpendicular line through the middle of this plane intersect the sphere. The plane of the ecliptic corresponds to the plane in which the Earth orbits the Sun. If the Earth's axis were not tilted, the ecliptic would be identical to the celestial equator and the ecliptic poles identical to the celestial poles. In this case, the Sun's path would not move northward or southward from the equator during the year. As it is, the plane of the celestial equator is tilted 23.45° to the plane of the ecliptic, corresponding to the tilt of the Earth's axis with respect to its orbital plane, giving the Sun its apparent northward and southward movement among the background stars. See illustration at celestial sphere.