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1. verb To pass someone by flying. Ethel screamed as a bird flew right by her head and startled her.
2. verb To pass or go by swiftly, usually a period of time. I don't know, we just started chatting, and then I looked up and two hours had flown by! With the way senior year is flying by, we'll be graduates before you know it!
3. verb To make a short, surprise visit. Oh, Paulina only flew by for a few hours, that's why you didn't see her.
4. noun A flight that travels very close to an intended target, often in outer space. When used as a noun, the phrase is usually written as one word. We'll do a flyby to collect more information on that planet.
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fly by

 
1. Lit. to soar past, flying. Three jet fighters flew by. A huge hawk flew by, frightening all the smaller birds.
2. Fig. [for time] to go quickly. The hours just flew by, because we were having fun. Time flew by so fast that it was dark before we knew it.
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fly by

v.
1. To pass quickly, as of a moving object or an interval of time: The summer months flew by, leaving us only a few days warm enough for swimming.
2. To visit briefly, often unexpectedly: Some of my old school friends flew by for a short visit last week.
3. To move past in flight: Several geese flew by as we climbed the hill.
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This close flyby will be bracketed by similarly close passages, which will be used for other scientific investigations including radar sounding and imaging.
The upcoming asteroid flyby will not be as dramatic.
"With the successful flyby of Ultima Thule early this year, we now have three distinct planetary surfaces to study.
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Jack Connerney, Juno's deputy principal investigator, said: "With our 16th science flyby, we will have complete global coverage of Jupiter, albeit at coarse resolution, with polar passes separated by 22.5 degrees of longitude.
The kth leg can be parametrized by using four parameters [mathematical expression not reproducible], which represent, respectively, the flyby radius, the flyby plane orientation, the (overall) leg flight time, and the fraction of the leg flight time at which DSM occurs.
Local sources added that a number of windows were shattered as a result of the flyby.
See more images from the flyby at https://is.gd/junofirstpass.
Mission scientists are hopeful data from that flyby will provide evidence of how much hydrothermal activity is occurring in the moon's ocean, along with more detailed insights about the ocean's chemistry -- both of which relate to the potential habitability of Enceladus.
He followed up with a report on the successful flyby in "Pluto's icy landscape comes into view" (SN: 8/8/15, p.
a flyby within 520 kilometers of Saturn's moon Dione - its fourth
Juno's Earth flyby, International Observe the Moon Night and how to view the moon's far side.
New York: Applications are already pouring in for the ambitious Mars mission that aims to send an adventurous duo - a man and a woman - on a 501-day-long flyby around the red planet in January 2018.
reported that anomalous orbital-energy changes have been observed during six spacecraft flyby s of the Earth [1].
With a fuel pump failure, low on fuel, depressurized, unable to transmit via radio, and intermittent radio reception, they executed a tower flyby displaying the NORDO signal.