the point at which the stars of a binary system are closest (opposed to apastron).
- per·i·as·tral, adjective
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How to use periastron in a sentence
At least, the periastron effects; there was another angle to it.Oomphel in the Sky | Henry Beam Piper
British Dictionary definitions for periastron
astronomy the point in the orbit of a body around a star when it is nearest to the star, esp applied to double-star systems
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Scientific definitions for periastron
The point at which an object, such as a planet or comet, is closest to the center of mass of the star it is orbiting. Compare apastron.
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