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solar apex




solar apex
The point on the celestial sphere, in the constellation Hercules (at about RA 18h, Dec. +30°), toward which the Sun is moving with respect to the local standard of rest, at a rate of about 19.4 km/s (about 4.09 AU/year). As the Sun slowly orbits the galactic center, nearby stars (as seen from Earth) appear to move away from the solar apex because of the Sun's relative velocity.

The point directly opposite the solar apex is called the solar antapex and lies in the constellation Columba at about RA 6h, Dec. -30°.


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