Definitions for: Perigee


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



Webster (1913) Definition: Per"i*gee, Perigeum Per`i*ge"um, n. [NL. perigeum,
fr. Gr. ? about, near + ? the earth: cf. F. p['e]rig['e]e.]
(Astron.)
That point in the orbit of the moon which is nearest to the
earth; -- opposed to apogee. It is sometimes, but rarely,
used of the nearest points of other orbits, as of a comet, a
planet, etc. Called also epigee, epigeum.

Antonyms: apogee

See Also: periapsis, point of periapsis

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