orbital plane


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Noun1.orbital plane - (astronomy) the plane on which a body is orbiting
astronomy, uranology - the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole
plane, sheet - (mathematics) an unbounded two-dimensional shape; "we will refer to the plane of the graph as the X-Y plane"; "any line joining two points on a plane lies wholly on that plane"
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Destined for Iridium orbital plane one, all 10 of the Iridium NEXT satellites deployed during this launch will immediately go into service following rigorous testing and validation.
Of the 10 Iridium NEXT satellites launched today, nine were delivered to their operational orbital plane, and the tenth is set to drift to an adjacent orbital plane.
Determining the axial tilt of planets or the angle between the planet's equatorial plane and orbital plane proves difficult to assess accurately, given the limitations of the observational points of view on Earth.
But the observed gap was far smaller, so perhaps the companion's orbital plane was seen nearly edge-on with the satellite near one of its conjunction points (rather than being far off to one side).
The space agency also explained that HO3's irregular orbit includes a tilt that makes it "bob up and then down once each year through Earth's orbital plane.
The tilt of the solar system's orbital plane long has befuddled astronomers because of the way the planets formed: as a spinning cloud slowly collapsing first into a disk and then into objects orbiting a central star.
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The CX axis points outwards along the radial direction, CZ axis is perpendicular to the orbital plane, coinciding with the direction of orbit angular velocity, and the CY axis completes a right-handed orthogonal triad.
If the Moon were in a perfectly circular orbit, a little closer to the Earth, and in the same orbital plane, there would be total solar eclipses every single month.
The discovery suggests material continues expanding outward along the system's orbital plane, but it does not escape the system.
Maneuverability would enable a single satellite launched into low Earth orbit to change its orbital plane sufficiently in a timely manner to respond to multiple world events or user requirements.
After passing Saturn, Voyager 1 heads northward of the orbital plane.