Explain the following terms relating to an elliptical orbit around the Sun:

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  • a) Perihelion: _______________
  • b) Aphelion: _____________
  • c) Period: _____________
  • d) Astronomical Unit: _______________

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A body's closest approach to the Sun is called its perihelion, whereas its most distant point from the Sun is called its aphelion.

Period is how long each planet would take to complete one orbit around the Sun.

Astronomical unit is the distance from Earth to the Sun


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