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Why does planets hav eliptical orbits

  1. Sep 15, 2007 #1
    why does planets hav eliptical orbits (pls explain -not mathematically if posssible)
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  4. Sep 16, 2007 #3


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    If you mean as opposed to a circular orbit, a circle is a special case of an ellipse.
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