# The Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics of the Solar System

## Discovering Conic Sections in the Motion of Heavenly Bodies

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## The Hyperbola

The general equation for a hyperbola is given as x^2/a^2 – y^2/b^3 = 1
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where,
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b^2 = c^2 – a^2

The hyperbola is the set of all points in a plane such that the absolute value of the difference of the distances (focal radii) from two given points (foci) is constant. Unbound objects traveling in space may be used as an example of the hyperbola.

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