Definition of perilune in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈperəˌlo͞on/


The point at which a spacecraft in lunar orbit is closest to the moon. The opposite of apolune.
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  • SMART - 1 reached its closest point to the lunar surface so far - its first ‘perilune’ - at an altitude of about 5000 kilometres at 18: 48 Central European Time on 15 November.


1960s: from peri- 'around' + Latin luna 'moon', on the pattern of perigee.

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Syllabification: per·i·lune

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