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Planets


the point in the orbit of a heavenly body where it is farthest from the sun. See also perihelion.
apolune.
the farthest point in an orbit from the body being orbited.
the farthest point from the moon in a lunar orbit, as that of a spacecraft. Also called apocynthion.
the study of the physical features of the planet Mars.
Archaic. a description of the surface markings of the sun or a planet. — celidographer, n.
the branch of biology that studies life beyond the earth’s atmosphere, as on other planets. — exobiologist, n.
the highest point a planet or other orbiting heavenly body reaches in its orbit. — meridian, meridional, adj.
the process of one heavenly body disappearing behind another as viewed by an observer.
perilune.
the closest point in an orbit to the body being orbited.
the point in the orbit of a heavenly body where it is nearest the sun. Also called perihelium. See also aphelion.
perihelion.
the closest point to the moon in a lunar orbit, as that of a spacecraft. Also called pericynthion.
1. a representation of the planetary system, particularly one in which the movements of the planets are simulated by projectors.
2. a room or building housing such an apparatus.
Astronomy. any of thousands of small celestial bodies that revolve about the sun in orbits chiefly between those of Mars and Jupiter ranging in diameter from one mile to 480 miles. Also called asteroids, minor planets. — planetoidal, adj.
the study and description of Jupiter. — zenographical, adj.

planets

The eight major bodies, apart from Earth, which move around the Sun: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. It is an astrological convention to also include the Sun and the Moon when speaking of the planets, making ten astrological planets in all.
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He pointed out to me how unlikely it was that organic evolution had taken the same direction in the two adjacent planets.
Similarly he would have observed these planets throw off one or more rings each, which became the origin of the secondary bodies which we call satellites.
I have learned the secret, nephew, and I may traverse the trackless void at my will, coming and going between the countless planets as I list; but my heart is always in Barsoom, and while it is there in the keeping of my Martian Princess, I doubt that I shall ever again leave the dying world that is my life.
It may seem to be a matter of indifference whether we understand the meaning of historical events this way or that; yet there is the same difference between a man who says that the people of the West moved on the East because Napoleon wished it and a man who says that this happened because it had to happen, as there is between those who declared that the earth was stationary and that the planets moved round it and those who admitted that they did not know what upheld the earth, but knew there were laws directing its movement and that of the other planets.
I remember that one of the astronomer's pupils asked certain explanations here, touching the planets that it was thought, or rather known, that we could actually see, and those of which the true surfaces were believed to be concealed from us.
Mid planets her slaves, Herself in the Heavens, Her beam on the waves.
1-17) Ares, exceeding in strength, chariot-rider, golden- helmed, doughty in heart, shield-bearer, Saviour of cities, harnessed in bronze, strong of arm, unwearying, mighty with the spear, O defence of Olympus, father of warlike Victory, ally of Themis, stern governor of the rebellious, leader of righteous men, sceptred King of manliness, who whirl your fiery sphere among the planets in their sevenfold courses through the aether wherein your blazing steeds ever bear you above the third firmament of heaven; hear me, helper of men, giver of dauntless youth
There are specks of fire round her rising and falling--bewildered planets about an unstable sun--helpless shipping hanging on to her light for company's sake.
I am of another world," I answered, "the great planet Earth, which revolves about our common sun and next within the orbit of your Barsoom, which we know as Mars.
Well, suppose this house, just as it is, placed a few billion miles above a planet, and with nothing else near enough to disturb it: of course it falls to the planet?
Either the moon or the planet Mercury was passing across the sun's disk.
His life was bounded, east, west, north, and south, by the Planet Insurance Company, which employed him; and that there were other ways in which a man might fulfil himself than by giving daily imitations behind a counter of a mechanical figure walking in its sleep had never seriously crossed his mind.