# Longitude of the ascending node

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The longitude of the ascending node (☊ or Ω) is one of the orbital elements used to specify the orbit of an object in space.wikipedia
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### Orbital elements

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The Delaunay orbital elements, commonly referred to as Delaunay variables, are action-angle coordinates consisting of the argument of periapsis, the mean anomaly and the longitude of the ascending node, along with their conjugate momenta.

### Plane of reference

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The two main orbital elements that are measured with respect to the plane of reference are the inclination and the longitude of the ascending node.

### Orbit

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### Nodal precession

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For a typical prograde orbit around Earth (that is, in the direction of primary body's rotation), the longitude of the ascending node decreases, that is the node precesses westward.

### Non-inclined orbit

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For non-inclined orbits (with inclination equal to zero), Ω is undefined.
As these orbits lack nodes, the ascending node is usually taken to lie in the reference direction (usually the vernal equinox), and thus the longitude of the ascending node is taken to be zero.

### Orbital node

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Here, n= is a vector pointing towards the ascending node.
This is done by specifying the longitude of the ascending node (or, sometimes, the longitude of the node.)

### Kepler orbit

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### Binary star

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In the case of a binary star known only from visual observations, it is not possible to tell which node is ascending and which is descending.

### Geocentric orbit

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### Earth

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### Equator

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### First Point of Aries

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### Clockwise

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### Heliocentric orbit

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### Ecliptic

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### Solar System

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### Orthographic projection

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### Celestial pole

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### Orbital mechanics

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In astrodynamics, the longitude of the ascending node can be calculated from the specific relative angular momentum vector h as follows:

### Specific relative angular momentum

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In astrodynamics, the longitude of the ascending node can be calculated from the specific relative angular momentum vector h as follows:

### Orbital inclination

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For non-inclined orbits (with inclination equal to zero), Ω is undefined.

### Equinox

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### Perturbation (astronomy)

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