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For an object [[Orbit|orbiting]] a celestial body, the '''apoapsis''' is the point in its orbit which is ''farthest'' from that body.
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For an object [[Orbit|orbiting]] a [[w:Celestial|celestial]] body, the '''apoapsis''' is the point in its orbit which is ''farthest'' from that body.
  
 
'''Periapsis''' and '''[[apoapsis]]''' are generic terms. The prefixes "peri-" and "apo-" are commonly applied to the Greek or Roman name of the particular body being orbited.
 
'''Periapsis''' and '''[[apoapsis]]''' are generic terms. The prefixes "peri-" and "apo-" are commonly applied to the Greek or Roman name of the particular body being orbited.
  
 
As an example, consider perigee and apogee for [[Earth]], perijove and apojove for [[Jupiter]], periselene and aposelene or perilune and apolune for [[Moon|lunar orbit]], perichron and apochron for [[Saturn]], perihelion and apohelion for the [[Sun]], etc.
 
As an example, consider perigee and apogee for [[Earth]], perijove and apojove for [[Jupiter]], periselene and aposelene or perilune and apolune for [[Moon|lunar orbit]], perichron and apochron for [[Saturn]], perihelion and apohelion for the [[Sun]], etc.
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Latest revision as of 15:33, 20 December 2006

For an object orbiting a celestial body, the apoapsis is the point in its orbit which is farthest from that body.

Periapsis and apoapsis are generic terms. The prefixes "peri-" and "apo-" are commonly applied to the Greek or Roman name of the particular body being orbited.

As an example, consider perigee and apogee for Earth, perijove and apojove for Jupiter, periselene and aposelene or perilune and apolune for lunar orbit, perichron and apochron for Saturn, perihelion and apohelion for the Sun, etc.

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