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#97438 - 03/02/03 10:25 PM apastron  
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here's a word that didn't show up at m-w, but I found this on info-please:

ap病s付ron

Pronunciation: (u-pas'trun, -tron),
溶.,
用l. -traPronunciation: (-tru). Astron.
the point at which the stars of a binary system are farthest apart (opposed to periastron).

I picked up the word from this site:
http://www.fourmilab.ch/gravitation/orbits/

pretty interesting stuff!



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#97439 - 03/02/03 10:58 PM Re: apastron  
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Dear etaoin: Complex, but fascinating. Amazing that such a system can be so stable.
I can't pretend that I fully comprehended it, but it was fun trying.



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