pericentre


pericentre

pericentre US pericenter noun

  1. the point in an elliptical orbit that is nearest to the centre of mass of the system

Examples from the Web for pericentre Historical Examples of pericentre

  • Starting from the pericentre, it is completed on the return to the pericentre.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2

    Various

  • In astronomy the word denotes the angular distance of a body from the pericentre of the orbit in which it is moving.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2

    Various

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