Perigee



[per-i-jee] /ˈpɛr ɪˌdʒi/

noun, Astronomy.
1.
the point in the orbit of a heavenly body, especially the moon, or of an artificial satellite at which it is nearest to the earth.
/ˈpɛrɪˌdʒiː/
noun
1.
the point in its orbit around the earth when the moon or an artificial satellite is nearest the earth Compare apogee (sense 1)
n.

“point at which a celestial body is nearest the Earth,” 1590s, from Modern Latin perigeum (15c.), from Late Greek peregeion, used by Ptolemy as a noun, properly neuter of adjective perigeios “near the earth,” from peri ges, from peri “near” (see peri-) + ges, genitive of ge “earth” (see Gaia).
perigee
(pěr’ə-jē)

perigee [(per-uh-jee)]

The point in the orbit of a satellite at which it is closest to its parent body. (Compare apogee.)

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