Terrestrial Latitude

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Terrestrial Latitude

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Latitude on the earth; angular distance from the equator. See coordinate, Table VI. Terrestrial latitude is named for the datum used to measure angular distance from the equator. Astronomical latitude is the angular distance between the direction of gravity and the plane of the equator. Geodetic or topographical latitude is the angular distance between the plane of the equator and a normal to the spheroid. Geodetic and sometimes astronomical latitude are also called geographic latitude. 'Geocentric latitude is the angle between a line to the center of the earth and the plane of the equator. Geodetic latitude is used for charts. </dd>

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This article is based on NASA's Dictionary of Technical Terms for Aerospace Use