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Why cant they call an "orbit" an orbit watch

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    I am specifically referring to the extremes of orbits, since they aint ever circular.

    AU = Astronomical unit. 1 AU = 93 million miles. This is the Earths average distance from the Sun.

    Pluto aphelion is about 50. Its perihelion is slightly less than Neptunes at about 29. Thats a total of more than 20 times the Earth-Sun distance in the variation of its orbit. A good subject for a new thread that. However the equivalent for a moon is called an Apogee for the furthest point and a Perigee for the closest point to its parent planet.

    Whats wrong with a moon having an aphelion rather than an apogee!? For fudge sake. Why have 2 words that mean the same thing. Fillin the universe up with dictionaries.

    Seriously tho, why?
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    I am specifically referring to the extremes of orbits, since they aint ever circular.

    AU = Astronomical unit. 1 AU = 93 million miles. This is the Earths average distance from the Sun.

    Pluto aphelion is about 50. Its perihelion is slightly less than Neptunes at about 29. Thats a total of more than 20 times the Earth-Sun distance in the variation of its orbit. A good subject for a new thread that. However the equivalent for a moon is called an Apogee for the furthest point and a Perigee for the closest point to its parent planet.

    Whats wrong with a moon having an aphelion rather than an apogee!? For fudge sake. Why have 2 words that mean the same thing. Fillin the universe up with dictionaries.

    Seriously tho, why?
    Also the word Barycentre causes instant cancer of the genitals by the way.

    Edit: Oh bugger
 
 
 
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