(This etymology is missing. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium. Particularly: “The WP article directly contradicts this, suggesting the sense of fixed: not moving has been part of this term from the beginning. C.f. Latin stellae fixae (“fixed stars”). Can anyone confirm / clarify?”) From earlier fixed star (“comet, meteor”), alteration of faxed star. Change in meaning influenced by fixed (“stationary, remaining in place”).
- (astronomy) Any star that is so distant that its movement, relative to others, is not perceptible; in practice, any star except the sun