[ uh-pas-truh n, -tron ]
/ əˈpæs trən, -trɒn /
noun, plural ap·as·tra [uh-pas-truh] /əˈpæs trə/. Astronomy.
the point at which the stars of a binary system are farthest apart (opposed to periastron).
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Origin of apastron
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[ ə-păs′trən ]
The point at which an object, such as a planet or comet, is farthest from the center of mass of the star it is orbiting. Compare periastron.
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