parabolic orbit

parabolic orbit

[¦par·ə¦bäl·ik ′ȯr·bət]
(astronomy)
An orbit whose overall shape is like a parabola; the orbit represents the least eccentricity for escape from an attracting body.
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4 km/s made on a parabolic orbit near Jupiter gives a heliocentric [DELTA]v of 7 km/s.
The comet is in a distant parabolic orbit and was just past perihelion.
Noble and Bird immediately revelled in the 20/20 nature of this cricket, and raced to 56 in six overs before the latter saw his timbers shivered by Burkinshaw, but the likeable Luke had already smashed 25 in only 11 balls with another three trademark huge sixes launched into parabolic orbit.
Its parabolic orbit will take it far out into the Solar System only to return to the Earth's vicinity in more than a thousand years.
The projected object will leave Mars on a parabolic orbit or probably a hyperbolic orbit and probably assume an elliptical orbit about the Sun.
Stout in defence and possessing a quick eye, Luke waits for one in his slot and then launches it into parabolic orbit.
For now, an alternative possibility remains: Rather than circling the solar system at a fixed distance of about 42 AU, the body may have a parabolic orbit that will send it into the inner solar system sometime in the middle of the next century.
These comets, travelling in parabolic orbits, are known as long-period comets and by definition have orbital periods greater than 200 years, though the actual periods are generally a few thousand years or more.
Comets with parabolic orbits tend to come from the farthest reaches of our solar system.
Further analysis of those data now shows that the two galaxies are traveling along parabolic orbits, meaning that each is making its first pass by the Milky Way, the team reports in the Oct.
system in parabolic orbits, such that they could hit the surface of the moon at speeds on the order of 60 kilometers per second, or about 25,000 miles per hour.
These comets, travelling in parabolic orbits, are known as long period comets and by definition have orbital periods greater than 200 years, though the actual periods are generally a few thousand years or more.