What is the declination of Earth?

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Mar 18, 2016

Answer:

The declination of Earth is 0° by definition.

Explanation:

The positions of stars are defined in terms of right ascension and declination.

Right ascension is the angle the object makes with the Vernal Equinox at a particular epoch, usually J2000. The reason for this is that the Vernal Equinox precesses and a fixed frame of reference is required.

Declination is the angle the object makes with the Earth's Equator. Again this requires a fixed frame of reference such as J2000 due to precession.

The J2000 epoch is the position of the Earth at exactly 2000-01-01 12:00:00.

By definition the Earth is at the centre of the coordinate system and has a declination of 0°.