Definition of Descending node
1. Noun. The point at which an orbit crosses the ecliptic plane going south.
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Literary usage of Descending node
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1. On the Connexion of the Physical Sciences by Mary Somerville (1834)
"lunar orbit, for example, is the point in which the moon rises above the plane of the ecliptic in going towards the north; and her descending node is that ..."
2. A History of Presbyterianism in New England: Its Introduction, Growth, Decay by Alexander Blaikie (1881)
"... truth—Waxing feeble—Thirty-three Presbyterian congregations- Orthodox, the number of—Loss in 1880—descending node—Presby- ..."
3. A New Astronomy by David Peck Todd (1897)
"They occur near Mercury's descending node, as shown, that of 1924 being nearly central because Mercury happens to come to inferior conjunction with the ..."
4. Astronomical Papyri from Oxyrhynchus by Alexander Jones (1999)
"... quadrant before or the quadrant after the descending node. The bearing of line 2, with its reference to 'geniture' or 'generation', is again obscure. ..."
5. An Elementary Treatise on Astronomy: Adapted to the Present Improved State by John Farrar (1834)
"Accordingly, it is then near one of its nodes, which we call the descending node, because when Mercury passes it, it is descending toward the south. ..."