heliocentric orbit


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heliocentric orbit

[¦hē·lē·ō¦sen·trik ′ȯr·bət]
(astronomy)
An orbit relative to the sun as a center.
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On June 17, Herschel's thrusters were activated and a burn was completed putting it into a different heliocentric orbit.
New Delhi, Muharram 27, 1435, Nov 30, 2013, SPA -- India's Mars-bound spacecraft is scheduled to complete a key manoeuvre to move out of the earth's orbit into a heliocentric orbit towards the Red Planet in the small hours of Sunday, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) officials say, according to dpa.
This was the main manoeuvre in a series that ensured the satellite was boosted away from its operational orbit around the L2 Sun-Earth Lagrange Point and into a heliocentric orbit, further out and slower than Earth's.
But I think it's brought out the question that we aren't adequately cataloging the artificial junk that's being sent into heliocentric orbit.
A master list of candidates entering heliocentric orbit has been published on the Web.
13-15) Luna-1 launched on 1959 January 2 became the first manmade object to be sent into its own orbit around the Sun, but it went into a rather different heliocentric orbit along with its 3rd stage rocket (450-day orbit, 0.
Similar considerations hold for a transfer between heliocentric orbits if the transfer is slow.