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apsis

(pl. apsides), point in the orbitorbit,
in astronomy, path in space described by a body revolving about a second body where the motion of the orbiting bodies is dominated by their mutual gravitational attraction.
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 of a body where the body is neither approaching nor receding from another body about which it revolves. Any elliptical orbit has two apsides. At the perigee the moon or other satellite is as close as it ever gets to the earth, and it begins to move away; at the apogee it is as far away as it gets, and it begins to move closer. Similarly, in the orbit of the earth or another planet around the sun, the perihelion is the point of closest approach and the aphelion is the point of farthest recession. In the orbit of the stars in a binary starbinary star
or binary system,
pair of stars that are held together by their mutual gravitational attraction and revolve about their common center of mass. In 1650 Riccioli made the first binary system discovery, that of the middle star in the Big Dipper's handle, Zeta
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 system, the periastron is the point of closest approach and the apastron the point of farthest recession. A line connecting the two apsidal points of an elliptical orbit (e.g., the aphelion and perihelion) is called the line of apsides; it is the major axis of the ellipse. This line may precess because of gravitational influences of other bodies or relativistic effects.

apsis

[′ap·səs]
(astronomy)
In celestial mechanics, either of the two orbital points nearest or farthest from the center of attraction. Also known as apse.

apsis

The semicircular termination of any rectangular chamber; an apse.

apsis

1. either of two points lying at the extremities of an eccentric orbit of a planet, satellite, etc., such as the aphelion and perihelion of a planet or the apogee and perigee of the moon. The line of apsides connects two such points and is the principal axis of the orbit
2. another name for apse
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Sweet Stream ran on well in the closing stages to beat the favourite Apsis. Lateen Sails tried to make all and finished a respectable fourth, eight lengths clear of fellow British raider Chancellor, who was well up until fading in the straight.
THE MOON (Times and dates are Universal Time) Full Moon June 4, 13:02 Last Quarter June 12, 5:36 New Moon June 20, 1:52 First Quarter June 26, 22:43 Full Moon July 3, 23:45 Last Quarter July 11, 22:49 New Moon July 19, 11:24 First Quarter July 26, 3:25 Greatest and Least Distances Apsis Distance Diameter Apogee June 12, 16h 404,242 km 29' 34" Perigee June 25, 17h 369,357 km 32' 21" Apogee July 10, 11h 404,412 km 29' 33" Perigee July 22, 8h 365,146 km 32' 44" But it's better to check the finder chart for these planets on page 71 of the January issue.
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