- an imaginary sun moving uniformly in the celestial equator and taking the same time to make its annual circuit as the true sun does in the ecliptic.
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- an imaginary sun moving along the celestial equator at a constant rate and completing its annual course in the same time as the sun takes to move round the ecliptic at a varying rate. It is used in the measurement of mean solar time
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- A hypothetical Sun defined as moving at a uniform rate along the celestial equator at the mean speed with which the real Sun apparently moves along the ecliptic, used in computing the mean solar day.
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