In both astrology and historical astronomy, the zodiac (Greek: ζῳδιακός, zōidiakos) is a circle of twelve 30° divisions of celestial longitude that are centered upon the ecliptic: the apparent path of the Sun across the celestial sphere over the course of the year. The paths of the Moon and visible planets also remain close to the ecliptic, within the belt of the zodiac, which extends 8-9° north or south of the ecliptic, as measured in celestial latitude. Historically, these twelve divisions are called signs. Essentially, the zodiac is a celestial coordinate system, or more specifically an ecliptic coordinate system, which takes the ecliptic as the origin of latitude, and the position of the sun at vernal equinox as the origin of longitude.

Read more about Zodiac:  Usage, The Twelve Signs, Zodiacal Constellations, Table of Dates, Precession of The Equinoxes, In Modern Astronomy, Mnemonics, Unicode Characters

Other articles related to "zodiac":

Leo (comics) - Fictional Character Biography - Ecliptic Leo
... Ecliptic Leo was a later addition to the Zodiac who resembled a humanoid lion ... As mean, nasty, and brutal as the other Zodiac man-animals, Leo was also a boastful braggart, openly talking of the group’s plans ... He was later killed with the rest of the Zodiac by Weapon X ...
Regional Scenes and Derivatives - Space Disco and Cosmo-rock
... The term "cosmo-rock" was first coined by the Latvian space disco performance band Zodiac in 1981 ... rather a name misunderstanding since Zodiac based their compositions on Didier Marouani's Space, not yet knowing the exact term for the genre ... Zodiac knew a slight revival in the early 2000s when some of their songs were remixed by the Russian progressive house duo PPK ...
Landscape Zodiacs and Psychogeography
... Iain Sinclair's 2003 novel London Orbital, the walkers trace the mythical Kingston upon Thames Zodiac ... to develop the idea of the Bodmin Moor Zodiac as a form of spatial detournement ... the course of a year, Ayers carefully explored the outlines of zodiac figures perceived and plotted on large-scale maps and aerial photographs of the moor ...
List Of Beanie Babies - Z
... Zodiac DOG NONE 8/19/00 6/08/01 Part of Chinese Zodiac series Zodiac DRAGON NONE 8/19/00 6/08/01 Part of Chinese Zodiac series Zodiac GOAT NONE 8/19/00 5/17/01 Part of Chinese ...
Landscape Zodiac
... A landscape zodiac (or terrestrial zodiac) is a map of the stars on a gigantic scale, formed by features in the landscape, such as roads, streams and field ... The temple is thought by some to depict a colossal zodiac ... Katherine Maltwood, an artist who "discovered" the zodiac in a vision, and held that the "temple" was created by Sumerians about 2700 BC ...

Famous quotes containing the word zodiac:

    We need not feel ashamed of flirting with the zodiac. The zodiac is well worth flirting with.
    —D.H. (David Herbert)