Definition of "perigee" []

  • The point nearest the earth's center in the orbit of the moon or a satellite. (noun)
  • The point in any orbit nearest to the body being orbited. (noun)

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Use "perigee" in a sentence
  • "It's the closest the Moon has been to Earth in 18 years, a point in the orbit otherwise called a "perigee," from Latin for "violating moon restraining order.""
  • "At midnight she will be in perigee, that is, at her shortest distance from the earth, and at the same moment she will be crossing the zenith."
  • "The "anomalistic month" is the time occupied by the moon in travelling from its perigee, that is its point of nearest approach to the earth, round to its perigee again."