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celestial mechanics

n. (used with a sing. verb)
The science of the motion of celestial bodies under the influence of gravitational forces.
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celestial mechanics

n
(Astronomy) the study of the motion of celestial bodies under the influence of gravitational fields
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celes′tial mechan′ics


n.
the branch of astronomy that applies the laws of dynamics and gravitation to the motions of heavenly bodies.
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Noun1.celestial mechanics - the branch of astronomy concerned with the application of Newton's laws of motion to the motions of heavenly bodies
astronomy, uranology - the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole
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Translations
Himmelsmechanik
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Before going any further, we need to understand a tiny slice of celestial mechanics. A pair of bodies, such as the Sun-Earth system, or the Earth-Moon system, have five special points in space around them.
Milutin Milankovitch, a Serbian mechanical engineer with no background in celestial mechanics, spent 20 years calculating, with pencil and slide rule, shifts in the earth's orbit that likely explain ice ages.
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They envision the material covering three courses--at the junior or senior undergraduate level, first-year graduate level, and a first graduate course in celestial mechanics. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)
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Talking about astronomy and celestial mechanics, Mr Alvi said this helped understand the position on celestial bodies not what those bodies are made of or why they behave in a particular way.
We apply a generalization of the remarkable technique of Siegel invented by him for solving the three-body problem of the celestial mechanics [6, 7].
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It's celestial mechanics, and we have no control over that.
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