In pheesics, an orbit is the gravitationally curved path o an object aroond a pynt in space, for example the orbit o a planet aroond the center o a starn seestem, such as the Solar Seestem. Orbits o planets are typically elliptical.
Current unnerstandin o the mechanics o orbital motion is based on Albert Einstein's general theory o relativity, which accoonts for gravity as due tae curvature o space-time, wi orbits follaein geodesics. For ease o calculation, relativity is commonly approximatit bi the force-based theory o universal gravitation based on Kepler's laws o planetary motion.
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- The Space Place :: What's a Barycenter
- orbit (astronomy) – Britannica Online Encyclopedia
- Kuhn, The Copernican Revolution, pp. 238, 246–252