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CULMINATION (from Lat. culmen, summit)

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Originally appearing in Volume V07, Page 618 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CULMINATION (from Lat. culmen, summit), the attainment of the highest point. In astronomy the term is given to the passage of a heavenly body over the meridian of a place. Two culminations take place in the course of the day, one above and the other below the pole. The. first is called the upper, the second the lower. Either or both may occur below the horizon and therefore be invisible.
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