Kepler's laws of planetary motion  

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In astronomy, Kepler's laws give an approximate description of the motion of planets around the Sun.

Kepler's laws are:

  1. The orbit of every planet is an ellipse with the Sun at a focus.
  2. A line joining a planet and the Sun sweeps out equal areas during equal intervals of time.
  3. The square of the orbital period of a planet is directly proportional to the cube of the semi-major axis of its orbit.




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