Fr.: aplatissement dynamique
A measure of the extent to which mass has been shifted from the polar regions of a (spinning) body toward its equator (Ellis et al., 2007, Planetary Ring Systems, Springer).
→ dynamic; → oblateness.
The property possessed by a round body that is flattened at the poles.
Noun from → oblate.
Fr.: aplatissement optique
(polar flattening) The ratio of the difference between equatorial and polar diameters to the equatorial diameter. A sphere has an oblateness of 0; an infinitely thin disk has an oblateness of 1 (Ellis et al., 2007, Planetary Ring Systems, Springer).
→ optical; → oblateness.