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celestial mechanics

the branch of astronomy that deals with the application of the laws of dynamics and Newton's law of gravitation to the motions of heavenly bodies.
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1815-25 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for celestial mechanics

celestial mechanics

the study of the motion of celestial bodies under the influence of gravitational fields
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celestial mechanics  
The science of the motion of celestial bodies under the influence of gravitational forces. See more at Kepler's laws of planetary motion, relativity.

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