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Q: Earth's orbit us shaped like a flattened circle. What is the name of that shape?

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The path of an object in orbit around another object. It's a "conical section", shaped like a circle, but "flattened" in one direction (a circle can be considered a special case of an ellipse). An ellipse has two focal points.

An elliptical orbit is a not exactly circle but like an oval or sphere shaped orbit which means going round in a sphere or an oval shape.

the earths orbit because the earths orbit is the size of earth + the size of the moon

The Earth's orbit around the sun is elliptical with an eccentricity of .0167.

No. A circle is an unstable shape for an object orbiting another. An orbit is between slightly and very elliptical (egg-shaped). If an object is placed in a circular orbit, the orbit will quickly deteriorate to an elliptical orbit. Added: Mar's elliptical eccentricity is rather above average for a planetary orbit. Not quite as large as Mercury, but large enough.

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All orbits are ellipses. You might describe an ellipse as a "flattened circle", but mathematically, a circle is a special version of an ellipse in which both foci are at the same spot.

Earth's orbit around the sun is shaped like a flattened oval.

The shape of Earths orbit is hemisphere.

The path of an object in orbit around another object. It's a "conical section", shaped like a circle, but "flattened" in one direction (a circle can be considered a special case of an ellipse). An ellipse has two focal points.

The mooon's orbit is elliptical. An elliptical shape is pretty much a flattened circle, or an oval. Hope that helps! XD

The Earth's orbit around the Sun is an ellipse, with low eccentricity. That means that the orbit is ALMOST a circle, but not quite.

Oval or elliptical shaped. (Not a perfect circle)

An elliptical orbit is a not exactly circle but like an oval or sphere shaped orbit which means going round in a sphere or an oval shape.

the earths orbit because the earths orbit is the size of earth + the size of the moon

Earths Orbit? Earths Orbit?

The Earth's orbit around the sun is elliptical with an eccentricity of .0167.

I am not sure if it is called a circumference, since it is not a circle, but whatever it is called is 583,400,000 miles in length.

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