The Grids & Reference settings let you show or hide grids which display the major
celestial coordinate systems, as well as the reference lines and points that those
systems are based on. Click to enlarge.

Grids & Reference

The settings in this view let you show or hide grids which display the major celestial coordinate systems, as well as the reference lines and points that those systems are based on.

Please Note: these settings are only found in SkySafari Plus and Pro.

Celestial Coordinate Grid

Show Grid: Sets whether a celestial coordinate grid is displayed on the sky chart. When turned off, the following two items are disabled:

Reference Lines

Celestial Equator: Sets whether the celestial equator is displayed on the sky chart. The celestial equator is the plane of the Earth's equator projected onto the celestial sphere.

Galactic Equator: Sets whether the galactic equator is displayed on the sky chart. The galactic equator is the plane of the Milky Way galaxy projected onto the celestial sphere.

Ecliptic Path: Sets whether the Ecliptic path is displayed on the sky chart. The Ecliptic is the plane of the Earth's orbit projected onto the sky. It is also the annual path of the Sun around the celestial sphere.

Meridian Line: Sets whether the meridian is displayed on the sky chart. The meridian is the projection of your longitude on Earth onto the celestial sphere. It extends from the northern horizon through the zenith to the south cardinal point on the horizon. An object is said to transit when it crosses the meridian.

Reference Points

Celestial Poles: Sets whether the celestial poles are displayed on the sky chart. The celestial poles are where the Earth's polar axis (i.e. the line perpendicular to the plane of the Earth's equator) intersects the celestial sphere. The north and south celestial poles are currently in the constellations Ursa Minor and Octans, but they move slowly over the centuries due to precession.

Galactic Poles: Sets whether the galactic poles are displayed on the sky chart. The north and south galactic poles are where a line perpendicular to the plane of the Milky Way galaxy intersects the celestial sphere. They are currently located in the constellations Coma Berenices and Sculptor, respectively.

Ecliptic Poles: Sets whether the ecliptic poles are displayed on the sky chart. The ecliptic poles are where a line perpendicular to plane of the Ecliptic intersects the celestial sphere. The north and south ecliptic poles are in the constellations of Draco and Dorado, respectively.

Zenith & Nadir: Sets whether the zenith and nadir are displayed on the sky chart. This marks and labels the points directly overhead and underneath your feet.