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go into orbit

1. Lit. [for a rocket, satellite, etc.] to rotate around a heavenly body in a fixed path. The satellite went into orbit just as planned. When did the moon go into orbit?
2. Fig. [for someone] to get very excited. (See also go ballistic.) She was so upset, she went into orbit. Todd went into orbit when he heard the price.
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*in orbit

1. Lit. [of something] circling a heavenly body. (*Typically: be ~; put something [into] ~.) The moon is in orbit around the earth. They put the satellite into orbit.
2. Fig. ecstatic; thrilled; emotionally high. (*Typically: be ~.) Jane is in orbit about her new job. John went into orbit when he got the check in the mail.
3. Inf. intoxicated. After having six drinks all to herself, Julie was in orbit.
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orbit (around) someone or something

to circle around something in an orbit. The flies orbited around Fred and his ice-cream cone. Many satellites orbit around our planet.

in orbit

Thrilled, delighted, as in Dean's in orbit over his son's success. This expression alludes to the successful launching into orbit of a satellite or other spacecraft. [Slang; late 1900s]
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into orbit

into a state of heightened activity, performance, anger, or excitement. informal
1988 Candia McWilliam A Case of Knives I am a greedy girl, not merely swayed but waltzed into orbit by appearances.
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go into orbit

in. to become very excited. The entire staff went into orbit when they got the news.
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in orbit

1. mod. ecstatic; euphoric. She was just in orbit when she got the letter.
2. mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated. Gary is in orbit and can’t see a hole in a ladder.
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The space object 2003 UB313 is a chunk of ice and rock and seems to have planetlike characteristics: It has a spherical shape; it orbits the sun: and it is planet-size--larger than Pluto But some scientists say that both Pluto and 2003 UB313 are too small to be considered planets Pluto got its planet tag because in 1930, when it was discovered, astronomers estimated that Pluto was Earth size, and immediately declared it the ninth planet in the 1960s, further study shrink that estimate to one fifth of Earth's diameter The new object is only approximately 15 times the size of Pluto.
One of these satellites, Vanguard 1, is still in orbit today.
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Astronomers agree that Sedna could not have formed in its present, eccentric orbit because such an orbit allows only violent collisions that prevent the growth of small bodies.
If that proves to be the case, as planet hunters refine their techniques and begin detecting planets in wider orbits about stars, they may be in for a bonanza of discoveries.
These approximations are adequate for calculating the trajectories of spacecraft or predicting the orbits of major planets, but when the calculations are extended to the behavior of asteroids millions of years hence, they break down chaotically and unpredictably.
They swoop in and out of the plane in which the planets orbit the sun and have highly elongated, rather than circular, paths.
This extrasolar planet sets several records at once: the oldest, the most distant, the lowest metallicity, and the first one to orbit two stars," says Boss.
Odyssey includes many innovative features protected by the patent, of which the medium Earth orbit is only one.
The black hole at the galaxy's center will ultimately disrupt this pas de deux, and in some cases, will capture the lighter star into an orbit about 25 times as large as that of Pluto, Gould and Quillen say.
Using just two TDRS satellites, NASA can communicate with satellites orbiting the Earth at low altitudes for up to 85 percent of each orbit.
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