Astronomy Answers: From the Astronomical Dictionary

# Astronomy AnswersFrom the Astronomical Dictionary

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the degree

degree, plural degrees; gradus = [Latin] step

In general, a degree is a division of a scale of measurement. In astronomy, the following two kinds of degrees are used in particular:

• the degree of temperature. There are different temperature scales, each with their own degree. For example, the degree Celsius or Centigrade (), and the degree Fahrenheit ().
• the degree of angle. A degree (of angle) is the 360th part of all directions in a plane. An degree is further divided into 60 arcminutes.