Astronomical area of study which scrutinizes Newton's laws of motion as they apply to heavenly body movements; study concerning the motions of heavenly bodies as they progress along their paths and under their mutual gravitational influences.

CELESTIAL MECHANICS: "The astronomer was deeply interested in celestial mechanics."

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