Astronomy Answers: From the Astronomical Dictionary

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From the Astronomical Dictionary


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the perigee

peri- = [Greek] around; Gè = [Greek] Earth

The perigee is the point in an orbit around the Earth that is closest to the Earth. The opposite point is called apogee. The more general word, that can be used also for other bodies, is perifocus.