periastra

periastron

[per-ee-as-truhn, -tron]
noun, plural periastra [per-ee-as-truh] . Astronomy.
the point at which the stars of a binary system are closest (opposed to apastron ).

Origin:
1850–55; < peri- + Greek ástron star; modeled on perihelion

periastral, adjective
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periastron (ˌpɛrɪˈæstrɒn)
 
n
astronomy the point in the orbit of a body around a star when it is nearest to the star, esp applied to double-star systems

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periastron   (pěr'ē-ās'trən, -trŏn)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural periastra
  1. The point at which two stars orbiting each other in a binary star system are closest together.

  2. The point at which an object, such as a planet or comet, is closest to the star it is orbiting. Compare apastron.


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