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# The speed of a planet in its elliptical orbit around the sun?

Updated: 8/10/2023

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The path that planets take around the sun is called it's orbit. The gravitation pull of the sun keeps each planet in it's orbit. Each planets orbit varies in the time it takes to make one trip around the sun.

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A planet is slowest when farthest from the Sun.

A planet moves fastest when closest to the Sun

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When a planet makes one complete rotation around the sun is called a revolution, and an orbit. When it spins on it's axis then it is called a rotation.

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It depends on their mass and their distance from the sun

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Orbital velocity

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An elliptical orbit.

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It is called its orbit.

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An "orbit"

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### A satellite in an elliptical orbit loses speed when it?

A satellite in a closed orbit has the greatest speed when it's closest to the planet, and the lowest speed when it's farthest from the planet.

### Why does the Earth have an elliptical orbit around the sun?

I'll assume you mean: "... as opposed to a circular orbit". That is caused by the fact that for a circular orbit, a planet needs a VERY PRECISE SPEED. Change the speed slightly (at a particular point in the orbit), and the orbit immediately becomes elliptical.

### At what part of an elliptical orbit does a satellite have the greatest speed the least speed?

in the orbit of a planet there is a point called perihelion which is closest point to the sun and aphelion which is furthest from the sun . Moment of a planet in it's elliptical orbit reaches it's maximum in perihelion

### When does a planet move fast or slow?

A planet in an elliptical (oval) orbit will move faster as it gets to its closest point to its sun, and slow down as it reaches its furthest point. A planet with a truly circular orbit will have a constant speed.

### What can you then conclude about the orbital speed of a planet in an elliptical orbit?

Kepler's Second Law: The planet moves faster when it is closer to the Sun.

### Do planets revolve around the sun at the same speed?

A planet has an elliptical shaped orbit. It orbits with a constant angular speed, but a varying linear speed.

### A satellite in an elliptical orbit gains speed when it?

A satellite in an elliptical orbit gains speed as it draws closer to the central body and loses speed as it moves farther away from the central body.

### How is a comet's orbit different from the moon or planets?

A comets orbit is elliptical and goes into the depth of the solar system and speed up when it goes around the sun

### Orbital speed is the speed with which a planet moves around the Sun This speed is determined by?

The mass of the Sun and the distance between the planet and Sun. As the Sun's mass is (more or less) constant, all we need to know is the distance. Technically this is called the "semi major axis" of the elliptical orbit. (If you wanted to be really, really accurate the mass of the planet does have a very very small effect.)

### What describes the speed of a planet traveling in an elliptical orbit around the Sun?

As the planet approaches perihelion (point of nearest approach to the Sun), its orbital velocity gets faster, and it is fastest at perihelion. Similarly, at aphelion (point of furthest approach to the Sun), the orbital velocity is slowest.

### The speed of a planet in its orbit around the Sun depends primarily on the planet's?

Distance from the Sun. (The closer it is, the faster it moves.)

### Why does a planets distance from the sun change?

To be in a perfect orbit around the Sun, maintaining always the same distance, at a specific distance a planet would need a very specific speed. Since it is unlikely that it just happens to have the correct speed, it will move around the Sun in an ellipse instead.