eccentric orbit

eccentric orbit

[ek¦sen·trik ′ȯr·bət]
(astronomy)
An orbit of a celestial body that deviates markedly from a circle.
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approach to truth: the perigee of his eccentric orbit.
Outside of work, she is also a wind synth and keyboard player in the band Eccentric Orbit .
The eccentric orbit predicted for the planet means that it will spend most of its time near aphelion, its orbit's farthest point.
Akatsuki is just now beginning regular operations, and the highly eccentric orbit will provide an opportunity to track Venus' major features over long periods.
This planet is unusual in that it has a wildly eccentric orbit almost like that of a comet, swinging very close to its star and then back out to much greater distances over and over again every 111 days.
What makes HD 80606 b stand out amid the hundreds of exoplanets discovered recently is its highly eccentric orbit.
But it has an eccentric orbit that looks more like that of a comet than an asteroid and brings it well inside the orbit of Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun, every 1.
The probe itself was accelerated into an eccentric orbit approaching to within about 0.
In the course of its eccentric orbit, the moon moves through the mean positions of the Earth-moon L1 position.
Because of its eccentric orbit this planet is usually too dim to be noticeable," explained a spokesman for South Armagh Observatory yesterday, "however it's currently making an astronomical show of itself.
Because of this asteroid's location in space, those pieces of rock get sent into an eccentric orbit of the sun that puts them on a collision course with Earth.
Recently, astronomers reported the surprising discovery of a very large diameter Kuiper Belt planetoid -- (90377) Sedna -- on a distant, 12,500-year-long, eccentric orbit centered approximately 500 astronomical units from the Sun.