semimajor axis

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one-half the major axis of an ellipse

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FIGURE 20 The eccentricity and semimajor axes of asteroids in the vicinity of the 3:1 jovian resonance; the Kirkwood gap is centered close to 2.
Comets with small semimajor axes never leave the planetary part of the solar system, and constitute the kingdom of short-period comets.