Definitions for culminationˌkʌl məˈneɪ ʃən
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a final climactic stage
"their achievements stand as a culmination of centuries of development"
(astronomy) a heavenly body's highest celestial point above an observer's horizon
the decisive moment in a novel or play
"the deathbed scene is the climax of the play"
completion, culmination, closing, windup, mop up(noun)
a concluding action
The attainment of the highest point of altitude reached by a heavenly body; passage across the meridian; transit.
Attainment or arrival at the highest pitch of glory, power, etc.
the attainment of the highest point of altitude reached by a heavently body; passage across the meridian; transit
attainment or arrival at the highest pitch of glory, power, etc
Origin: [Cf. F.culmination]
In astronomy, the culmination of a planet, star, constellation, etc. is the altitude reached when the object transits over an observer's meridian. During a sidereal day, an astronomical object will cross the meridian twice: once at its upper culmination, when it is at its highest point as seen from the earth, and once at its lower culmination, its lowest point. Often, culmination is used to mean upper culmination. The altitude of an object in degrees at its upper culmination is equal to, where L is the observer's latitude and D is the object's declination Generally, the sun is visible at its upper culmination and not visible at its lower culmination. But during winter near the North Pole, the sun is below the horizon at both of its culminations. In most of the northern hemisphere, Polaris, the "North Star", and the rest of the stars of the constellation Ursa Minor can be seen to rotate around the celestial pole and are all visible at both culminations, as long as the sky is dark enough. Such stars, which never set at the observer's location are described as being circumpolar. These three examples illustrate all three cases, dependent on the latitude of the observer and the declination of the celestial body.
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