Right Ascension of the Ascending Node


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Right Ascension of the Ascending Node

 

one of the elements of the orbit of a celestial body. It is usually used in the theory of the motion of artificial earth satellites, in which the plane of the equator is taken as the reference plane, and the vernal equinox, as the reference point.

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