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The [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orbital_eccentricity Eccentricity] of an object's orbit represents how circular the orbit is. Eccentricity cannot be negative, and higher Eccentricity values indicate a more elongated orbit. The value of the Eccentricity property will also determine the type of orbit or trajectory:
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The [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orbital_eccentricity Eccentricity] of an object's [[orbit]] represents how circular the orbit is. Eccentricity cannot be negative, and higher Eccentricity values indicate a more elongated orbit. The value of the Eccentricity property will also determine the type of orbit or trajectory:
   
 
*Eccentricity = 0: circular
 
*Eccentricity = 0: circular
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*Eccentricity = 1: parabolic
 
*Eccentricity = 1: parabolic
 
*Eccentricity > 1: hyperbolic
 
*Eccentricity > 1: hyperbolic
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Eccentricity is one of the six [[Orbital Elements|orbital elements]] that described an object's orbit.
   
 
==Property Details==
 
==Property Details==
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===Tidal Heating===
 
===Tidal Heating===
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[[Category:Orbital Mechanics]]
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[[Category:Physics]]

Latest revision as of 08:12, 5 September 2019

The Eccentricity of an object's orbit represents how circular the orbit is. Eccentricity cannot be negative, and higher Eccentricity values indicate a more elongated orbit. The value of the Eccentricity property will also determine the type of orbit or trajectory:

  • Eccentricity = 0: circular
  • 0 < Eccentricity < 1: elliptical
  • Eccentricity = 1: parabolic
  • Eccentricity > 1: hyperbolic

Eccentricity is one of the six orbital elements that described an object's orbit.

Property Details[edit | edit source]

Location[edit | edit source]

The Eccentricity property is located in the Orbital Elements section of the Motion tab of an object's properties panel, if that object has an Orbital Parent.

Units[edit | edit source]

The Eccentricity property has no units, as eccentricity is a dimensionless parameter.

Simulation Effects[edit | edit source]

Tidal Heating[edit | edit source]