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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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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. The only images that form an actual part of such beliefs are, as a rule, images of words.
The orbit achieved is 118 km x 4,412 km, which means that the spacecraft has been injected into an elliptical orbit which is 118 km away from the Moon's surface at its nearest point and 4,412 km at its furthest.
Arktika-M will be placed in a highly elliptical orbit, which will allow it to collect meteorological and hydrological information about the state of the Earth's polar regions that are poorly covered by Electro-L.
The planned introduction of the two elliptical orbit satellites will also provide Live TV broadcast on Emirates currently available on 175 aircraft including all Boeing 777 and select Airbus 380s.
Mercury moves on its orbit around Sun on an elliptical orbit, so its distance from Sun's centre varies.
The craft was locked into a tight elliptical orbit that was supposed to bring it to only 25 kilometers above its landing zone shortly after 10 PM.
According to NASA, the phenomenon occurs when the moon is "full or nearly full and when it is at its closest point to the Earth" or perigee along its slightly elliptical orbit.
Lee told the news agency that the moon orbits the earth in an elliptical orbit, which causes it to alternate significantly in distance from the earth at different stages.
Our neighbouring planet appeared unusually large and bright, a mere 57.7 million kilometres (35.9 million miles) from Earth on its elliptical orbit around the sun.
Where the moon appears seven per cent larger than an average full moon and 14 per cent bigger than a micro moon - happens when the moon is at a point in its elliptical orbit that is closest to earth called perigree.
On the very same night, our only natural satellite enters its closest point to us in its elliptical orbit.