Duncombe, Raynor L. Formerly, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas, Austin, Texas.
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In astronomy, the two points in an elliptical orbit that are closest to, and farthest from, the primary body about which the secondary revolves. In the orbit of a planet or comet about the Sun, the apsides are, respectively, perihelion and aphelion. In the orbit of the Moon, the apsides are called perigee and apogee, while in the orbit of a satellite of Jupiter, these points are referred to as perijove and apojove. The major axis of an elliptic orbit is referred to as the line of apsides. See also: Celestial mechanics; Orbital motion
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