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Andoria orbiting a gas giant

USS Enterprise orbiting Earth Two, remastered

The USS Enterprise in orbit of an Earth-like planet

Nimbus 1

Nimbus 1 in polar orbit

Orbit is a term used to describe the flight path of an object in space which has a repetitive motion and has a distinct center with respect to its flightpath.

A starship uses a form of orbit to maintain its relative position. The term orbit is also used to define the flight path of a planet within its own star system. (TNG: "Force of Nature")

In 2269, Spock detailed to Abraham Lincoln that the USS Enterprise was 643 miles, 2,021 feet, 2.04 inches above the surface of Excalbia. (TOS: "The Savage Curtain")

There are several forms of orbit; some of them are referred to by Starfleet personnel with names like "standard orbit" or "high orbit."

It is safe to assume that standard and high orbit are simply orbits with a set of predefined speed and altitude parameters.

Terok Nor (later Deep Space 9), was in synchronous orbit of Bajor during the Occupation. (DS9: "Emissary", "Necessary Evil", "Wrongs Darker Than Death or Night")

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