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- n. Plural form of fixed star.
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- adj. such stars as always retain nearly the same apparent position and distance with respect to each other, thus distinguished from planets and comets.
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Consequently, thehatred of all new moons of humanity for the fixed stars is only too comprehensible.
That of 1781 contains De la Caillie's catalogue of fixed stars reduced to the commencement of that year, and a table of the aberrations and nutations of the principal stars. 1784 contains the same catalogue with the nebuleuses of Messier. 1785 contains the famous catalogue of Flamsteed, with the positions of the stars reduced to the beginning of the year 1784, and which supersedes the use of that immense book.
According to the notion prevalent among the Greeks and Romans, the sky was a great vault of crystal to which the fixed stars were attached, though by some it was held to be of iron or brass.