apoapsis

DEFINITIONS OF: apoapsis

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n (astronomy) the point in an orbit farthest from the body being orbited

Synonyms:
point of apoapsis
Antonyms:
periapsis, point of periapsis
(astronomy) the point in an orbit closest to the body being orbited
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apogee
apoapsis in Earth orbit; the point in its orbit where a satellite is at the greatest distance from the Earth
aphelion
apoapsis in solar orbit; the point in the orbit of a planet or comet that is at the greatest distance from the sun
apojove
apoapsis in orbit around Jupiter
apolune, aposelene
apoapsis in orbit around the moon
Type of:
celestial point
a point in the heavens (on the celestial sphere)
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