AskDefine | Define appulse

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Appulse is an astronomical term that refers to the very near approach of one celestial object to another, as seen from a third body. Usually it refers to the close approach of two planets together in the sky, or of the Moon to a star or planet as the Moon follows its monthly orbit around Earth, as seen by an observer located on Earth. An "appulse" can also be referred to as a conjunction.
Where the celestial bodies come so close together that one actually passes over the other, the event is known as an occultation.
appulse in Chinese: 合相
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