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Topic: Hyperbolas in Nature
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John Conway

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Re: Hyperbolas in nature
Posted: May 6, 1996 7:42 AM
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On Mon, 6 May 1996, Lou Talman wrote:

> Most--if not all--astronomical objects in high-energy (i.e., unbounded) orbits
> about their primaries have hyperbolic orbits. Only those objects with
> *precisely* enough energy to escape to infinity have parabolic orbits; such
> objects must be extremely rare. Those with less energy have elliptic orbits;
> those with more, hyperbolic.
> --Lou Talman

Oh, of course!!! Why didn't I remember to include orbits?


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