A Conversation for Astronomical Units
shagbark Started conversation Feb 19, 2009
since Our orbit is an ellipse not a circle, somebody came up with a formal definition to keep the AU at a more fixed number
Their definition is:
The radius of an unperturbed circular orbit of a massless body that would revolve about the Sun in one year.
Gnomon - time to move on Posted Feb 25, 2010
In other words, the radius that the Earth's orbit would have if it were circular.
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