The perigee of an object is the point in its orbit where it is closest to the Earth. This is also the point where the object is farthest from the Earth's sun.

  • The perigee of the moon is always the same distance from the Earth.

  • The perigee of the sun is moving around, and it changes every day.

Definition of perigee


periapsis in Earth orbit; the point in its orbit where a satellite is nearest to the Earth

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Example Sentences for perigee

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    The perigee motor was jettisoned after it was used.

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    I've now added perigee and apogee to the template.

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    We could always find a closer perigee.

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    Perigee receives about 1,500 submissions each year.

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    The initial apogee was 191,000 km and perigee 350 km.

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    This causes the perigee to move farther away from the earth.

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    This implies an argumentof perigee of either 0 or 180 degrees.

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    This will be true even when the Moon is at perigee, and the Earth at aphelion.

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    The time between one perigee and the next is known as the anomalistic month.

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    You cannot do these things without the node and argument of the perigee.