hyperbolic orbit

hyperbolic orbit

[¦hī·pər‚bäl·ik ′ȯr·bət]
(astronomy)
The path of a body moving along a hyperbola, such as a body that is subject to the gravitational attraction of another body from which it has sufficient energy to escape, and that is otherwise undisturbed.
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Ejections from Planet d have a low probability of impact on any other planet than itself, and most ejected particles would enter an initial hyperbolic orbit and be ejected from the planetary system," Brock said.
The projected object will leave Mars on a parabolic orbit or probably a hyperbolic orbit and probably assume an elliptical orbit about the Sun.
In the average planetary system, such forces may move a Jupiter-or Saturn-like body into a highly elliptical or hyperbolic orbit, or perhaps eject the planet altogether.