• The point, in an orbit about the Earth, that is closest to the Earth: the periapsis of an Earth orbiter.
  • The point, in an orbit about any planet, that is closest to the planet: the periapsis of any satellite.
  • The point, in any trajectory of an object in space, where it is closest to the Earth.


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  • From French périgée via Latin perigaeum, ultimately from Ancient Greek περί + γῆ.

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