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Encyclopedia > Orbiting body

In astrodynamics, an orbiting body () is a body that orbits central body (). Under standard assumptions in astrodynamics:

  • it is orders of magnitude lighter than central body (i.e. ).

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elliptic orbit: Information from Answers.com (456 words)
An orbit with an eccentricity of 0 is a circular orbit.
The orbital period is equal to that for a circular orbit with the orbit radius equal to the semi-major axis (
This means that an orbit, which is defined by the orbiting body's position and velocity, must be represented by at least the three dimensional Cartesian coordinates (position of the orbiting body represented by x, y, and z) and the similar Cartesian components of the orbiting body's velocity.
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