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Aphelion meaning

aphelion - 3 dictionary results

  1. 1. That point of a planet's or comet's orbit which is most distant from the sun, the opposite point being the perihelion.
  2. 2. That point in the orbit or path of a planet or a comet which is farthest from the sun.
  3. 3. Part of a planet's orbit most distant from the sun.

aphelion - examples of usage

  1. It may, perhaps, be far advanced in its aphelion,- but when to return? - "The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12)", Edmund Burke.
  2. In other words, the earth's axis is inclined so as to tilt its north pole away from the sun at perihelion, or when the earth is at the part of its elliptic orbit nearest the sun's focus; and to tilt it towards the sun at aphelion. - "Pioneers of Science", Oliver Lodge.
  3. Of the thirteen constituting this group, twelve have orbits falling between those of Mars and Jupiter: one only having its aphelion beyond the orbit of Jupiter. - "Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I", Herbert Spencer.
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