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SATELLITE (from the Lat. satelles, an attendant), in astronomy, a small opaque body revolving around a planet, as the Moon around the earth (see PLANET). In the theory of cubic curves, Arthur Cayley defined the satellite of a given line to be the line joining the three points in which tangents at the intersections of the given (primary) line and curve again meet the curve.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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