Definitions

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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun periapsis in orbit around Jupiter

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[peri– + Jove (on the model of perigee).]

Examples

  • 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.

    Spacewatch: Juno to Jupiter

  • A successful burn at perijove was all that mattered; they would have plenty of time to study mysterious black spots on the way home.

    2010 Odyssey Two

  • Even at perigee -- er, perijove -- it's much too high to be affected by atmospheric drag. "

    2010 Odyssey Two

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