from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The point in an orbit around the planet Jupiter where the orbiting body is closest to the planet.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The point in the orbit of any onr of Jupiter's satellites where it comes nearest to the planet.
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- noun periapsis in orbit around Jupiter
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
The craft is due to enter an elongated orbit about Jupiter, taking 11 days to loop within 4,300 km of Jupiter's equatorial cloud-tops at its low-point, or perijove, and a high-point, or apojove, some 2.7 million km further out, beyond the orbit of Callisto which is the farthest of Jupiter's four main moons.
A successful burn at perijove was all that mattered; they would have plenty of time to study mysterious black spots on the way home.
Even at perigee -- er, perijove -- it's much too high to be affected by atmospheric drag. "
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