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coelostat

[see-luh-stat]
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noun Astronomy.
  1. an apparatus consisting of a mirror driven by clockwork, used to enable a fixed telescope to keep the same area of sky in its field of view by compensating for the apparent rotation of the celestial sphere.
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Origin of coelostat

1895–1900; coelo- (for Latin caeli-, combining form of caelum sky) + -stat
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  • It will be laid comfortably flat on the ground, and the rays of light reflected into it by a coelostat.

    Astronomical Discovery

    Herbert Hall Turner


British Dictionary definitions for coelostat

coelostat

noun
  1. an astronomical instrument consisting of a plane mirror mounted parallel to the earth's axis and rotated about this axis once every two days so that light from a celestial body, esp the sun, is reflected onto a second mirror, which reflects the beam into a telescopeCompare siderostat
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Word Origin

C19 coelo-, from Latin caelum heaven, sky + -stat
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