perigee

noun
peri·​gee | \ ˈper-ə-(ˌ)jē How to pronounce perigee (audio) \

Definition of perigee

: the point in the orbit of an object (such as a satellite) orbiting the earth that is nearest to the center of the earth also : the point nearest a planet or a satellite (such as the moon) reached by an object orbiting it — compare apogee

Other Words from perigee

perigean \ ˌper-​ə-​ˈjē-​ən How to pronounce perigee (audio) \ adjective

Examples of perigee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web About 6,100 of those objects have a perigee below 600 km. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 10 Feb. 2022 Of those, around 6,100 have a perigee below 600 km. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 14 Feb. 2022 In contrast, a supermoon occurs when the moon is closest to the Earth, or the perigee. Angela Eichhorst, CNN, 18 Dec. 2021 The pink perigee moon was visible through the windows, floating beside us like a loyal owl. Karen Russell, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 The difference between a perigee and an apogee is a small fraction of that. Robin Andrews, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Astronomers call it not a supermoon, but a perigee full Moon. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 25 June 2021 Forbes explained that the name Flower Moon indicates that just nine hours before becoming fully illuminated, the moon will reach its closest point to the Earth – or perigee – for the year. Julia Musto, Fox News, 26 May 2021 The difference between the lunar apogee and the lunar perigee is 40,000 kilometres, or 25,000 miles. Robin Andrews, Forbes, 26 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of perigee

1595, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for perigee

Middle French, from New Latin perigeum, from Greek perigeion, from neuter of perigeios near the earth, from peri- + earth

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“Perigee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perigee. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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