(Submitted February 28, 1997)
Can somebody please tell me what sidereal time is?
Sidereal time is based on how long it takes for a celestial object, like a
star, to return to the same position in the sky after the Earth rotates. This
is not quite the same as the typical 24 hour day because the Earth moves in
its orbit around the Sun during the 24 hour day, and this motion causes an
apparent shift in the positions of stars, etc. (from the Earth's point of
view). It turns out that a sidereal day is about 4 minutes shorter than a 24
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