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EQUATION OF THE CENTRE

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Originally appearing in Volume V09, Page 720 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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EQUATION OF THE CENTRE, in astronomy, the angular distance, measured around the centre of motion, by which a planet moving in an ellipse deviates from the mean position which it would occupy if it moved uniformly. Its amount is the correction which must be applied positively or negatively to the mean anomaly in order to obtain the true anomaly. It arises from the ellipticity of the orbit, is zero at pericentre and apocentre, and reaches its greatest amount nearly midway between these points. (See ANOMALY and ORBIT.)
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