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delta
  دلتا   
deltâ

Fr.: delta   

1) The fourth letter of the Greek alphabet (δ, Δ).
2) Anything triangular, like the Greek capital delta (δ).
3) Math.: An incremental change in a variable.

M.E. deltha, from L. delta, from Gk. delta; from the Phoenician name of the corresponding letter daleth "tent door."

Delta Cephei
  دلتا-کفیءوس   
Deltâ-Kefeus

Fr.: Delta Cephée   

The prototype of classical → Cepheid variables, which is a pulsating → yellow supergiant. John Goodricke was the first in 1784 to discover its variability. The star shows a quick and sharp rise from minimum to maximum, and slowly declines to its minimum again. The changes in brightness are accompanied by and principally caused by changes in stellar temperature and also by changes in radius. δ Cephei was actually the second Cepheid variable to be discovered. The first one, Eta Aquilae, had been discovered earlier the same year by Edward Pigott. δ Cephei varies with a period of 5.366341 days (or 5 days 8 hours 37.5 minutes) from magnitude 3.48, spectral type F5 Ib in its maximum to magnitude 4.37, spectral type G2 Ib in its minimum. It lies at a distance of 1,340 → light-years.

delta; Cephei, genitive of → Cepheus.

delta drive
  رانه‌ی ِ دلتا، ~ واکیل   
râne-ye deltâ , ~ vâkil

Fr.: entraînement en déclinaison   

The → mechanism that imparts or transfers power to a → telescope so that it can move along the → declination direction. See also → tracking.

delta; → drive.

delta function
  کریای ِ دلتا   
karyâ-ye delta

Fr.: fonction delta   

Same as → Dirac function.

delta offset
  اپنه ِ دلتا   
apneh-e deltâ

Fr.: offset en déclinaison   

A short distance from the target, in → declination, where the → telescope is pointed for various purposes.

delta; → offset.

Delta Orionis
  دلتا-شکارگر   
Deltâ Šekârgar

Fr.: delta Orionis   

Same as → Mintaka.

delta; → Orion.

Delta Scuti variable
  ورتنده‌ی ِ دلتا-سپر   
vartande-ye δ-Separ

Fr.: variable δ Scuti   

A member of a class of → pulsating stars with periods less than 0.3 days, → spectral types A or F, and visual light amplitudes in the range from a few thousands of a magnitude to about 0.8 mag. On the → H-R diagram, δ Scuti stars form a group which lies in an → instability strip which includes the classical → Cepheids at its brightest end and the pulsating → white dwarfs at its faintest limit. These stars can show very complex light variations since, while some of them are pulsating in one radial mode only, others may be pulsating simultaneously in several radial and non-radial modes.

Named after the prototype star δ of constellation → Scutum; → variable.

Delta T
     
Deltâ T (ΔT)

Fr.: Delta TT)   

A measure of the variation in → Earth's rotation, which is the difference between → Terrestrial Time (TT) and → Universal Time (UT). TT is uniform and related to the → International Atomic Time, whereas UT, which is directly tied to the Earth's rotation, is not strictly uniform and shows small erratic fluctuations. Between 1970 and 1990, ΔT changed from +40 to +57 seconds, and was +67 seconds for 2010.

Δ, Gk. letter of alphabet indicating a difference; T for → time.

Kronecker delta
  دلتای ِ کرونکر   
deltâ-ye Kronecker (#)

Fr.: delta de Kronecker   

The function δik of two variables i and j defined by δik = 1 if i = j, and δik = 0 if i ≠ j.

Leopold Kronecker (1823-1891), a German mathematician; delta, Gk. letter of alphabet.