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pericentre

US pericenter

noun
  1. the point in an elliptical orbit that is nearest to the centre of mass of the system
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  • Starting from the pericentre, it is completed on the return to the pericentre.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2

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  • In astronomy the word denotes the angular distance of a body from the pericentre of the orbit in which it is moving.