Talk:apogee

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pronunciation[edit]

I'm curious as to whether this is pronounced like this [1] or in a mock French accent - with an 'hey' sound at the end. zigzig20s 09:06, 26 January 2007 (UTC)

Usage notes[edit]

I believe Apogee should be capitalised. Should that be noted somewhere on this page? 217.146.113.156 09:06, 15 August 2010 (UTC) Why don't you make it the opposite of Perigee. See the simple definition of Perigee, and essentially copy it, but make it the opposite. —This comment was unsigned.

RFV[edit]

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apogee

Rfv-sense "the point in an orbit that is most distant from the center" — different from the earth-specific sense. Tagged but not listed. Probably verifiable. - -sche (discuss) 20:08, 8 April 2012 (UTC)

I don't see how there are two astronomy senses. Both mean the same thing. Only the focus of the orbit differs, and I don't see that such a particular difference warrants a separate sense. --EncycloPetey (talk) 01:33, 12 April 2012 (UTC)
I agree... so I've boldly combined them. Astronomical editors can speak up if they doubt the sense can apply to things other than the earth. - -sche (discuss) 02:19, 12 April 2012 (UTC)
I've yet to find an example of it applying to an object other than Earth. There are hits for things like "apogee of Mars" or "apogee of Jupiter", but these only seem to appear in documents dating back to or describing work from the geocentric era, when it was believed this objects did orbit the Earth. There are a whole family of apo- and peri- words, depending on what the centre of orbit is (though many, I think, exist only the way that words for phobias exist): apsis, aphelion, apolune, apocynthion, apastron, apomelasma and so on. The word for "point in the orbit most distant from the centre for an arbitrary body" is apsis, and that's the word that would be used in any astronomy paper. Smurrayinchester (talk) 16:39, 13 April 2012 (UTC)
OK; I've unstruck / reopened the RFV, so we can delete the questioned sense a month from now if it can't be cited. - -sche (discuss) 18:47, 13 April 2012 (UTC)
Ruakh has provided citations of this as part of citing #perigee. - -sche (discuss) 00:50, 18 April 2012 (UTC)