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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In particular THOR will address the following specific science questions: - How is plasma heated and particles accelerate- How is the dissipated energy partitioned - How does dissipation operate in different regimes of turbulenceThe THOR spacecraft would be launched to a geocentric High Elliptic Orbit (HEO) with an orbital plane close to the ecliptic plane (10 deg inclination).
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.
Later, the white dwarf blows off a faster wind of particles moving mostly outward along the poles of the orbital plane.
21 as Earth was crossing its orbital plane, which is the path the comet takes as it orbits the sun.
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.
Because Mercury, unlike Earth, is not tilted relative to its orbital plane, there are areas near the poles where the sun would never come up over the horizon.
I quickly determined that Kevin and Greg had independently observed the same satellite, in approximately a 410 km orbit, inclined at 40[degrees] to the equator, in an orbital plane consistent with the circumstances of the launch of OTV-1.
The pieces have remained in the orbital plane of each satellite but are spreading out in altitude.
Companies likely to compete to develop the Orbital Space Plane include Boeing, which built the shuttle fleet and is working on the X-37, and Lockheed Martin, which has conducted design studies on such a vehicle and even produced a mock-up of an orbital plane in the early 1990s.
B], distance d, width [DELTA]X and height [DELTA]Y of the aperture, and the angle between the vertical center of the aperture and the orbital plane of the electrons [psi].