elliptical orbit

elliptical orbit

[ə′lip·tə·kəl ′ȯr·bət]
(mechanics)
The path of a body moving along an ellipse, such as that described by either of two bodies revolving under their mutual gravitational attraction but otherwise undisturbed.
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Belfast and Maston-- that it had deviated from its course from some unknown cause, and had not reached its destination; but that it had passed near enough to be retained by the lunar attraction; that its rectilinear movement had been changed to a circular one, and that following an elliptical orbit round the star of night it had become its satellite.
For example, in thinking of the Solar System, you are likely to have vague images of pictures you have seen of the earth surrounded by clouds, Saturn and his rings, the sun during an eclipse, and so on; but none of these form part of your belief that the planets revolve round the sun in elliptical orbits.
On the very same night, our only natural satellite enters its closest point to us in its elliptical orbit.
QCH Astronomer Dr Beshir Marzouk said, Venus, like other planets, moves in its elliptical orbit around the sun with its distance from the sun's centre varying by approximately 1 percent.
Due to the moon's elliptical orbit, the distance between the moon and Earth varies throughout the month and the year.
The moon has a slightly elliptical orbit - it does not move around the Earth in a perfect circle.
Cassini is now on a looping elliptical orbit around Saturn once every week, which will continue until the mission ends in September.
Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor for SBIRS, which includes a combination of satellites in Geosynchronous Earth Orbit, hosted payloads in Highly Elliptical Orbit, and ground hardware and software.
The observations, which the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) will carry out from its highly elliptical orbit, will provide the science teams at ESA and Roscosmos a chance to calibrate their instruments.
The moon was at its brightest because it was the closest it has been to Earth, along its elliptical orbit, since January 1948.
Supermoons happen because the elliptical orbit of the moon occasionally brings it in line with the Sun and the Earth.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Earlier this year scientists presented evidence for Planet Nine, a Neptune-mass planet in an elliptical orbit 10 times farther from our Sun than Pluto.