Nodal period

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The nodal period of a satellite is the time between successive passages of a satellite through successive orbital nodes.[1][2] This applies to artificial, such as weather satellites, and natural satellites the moon. The nodal period of Earth's moon is 27.2122 days.[3]

Near Earth-Satellites[edit]

The oblateness of the Earth has important effects of the orbits of near Earth-satellites.[4] An expression for the nodal period () of a near circular orbit, such that the eccentricity (ε) is almost but not equal to zero, is:



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