December 5, 2008
Apogee – n 1 Astronomy the point in the orbit of the moon or a satellite at which it is furthest from the earth. The opposite of perigee. 2 the culmination or climax of something.
So apogee caught my attention not only because it’s a cool word, but because it has some sentimental meaning for me. Apogee was the name of a computer game developer back in the day that was responsible for some of my generation’s favorite and most classic computer games, Duke Nukem and Wolfenstein, for example. While I’m sure that most people my age will recognize those titles, there were plenty of others from Apogee that my brother and I spent many an hour playing: Commander Keen, Cosmo’s Cosmic Adventure, Crystal Caves, Math Rescue, and Paganitzu are the ones I remember playing. My brother would probably remember better than I can. These days Apogee is known as 3D Realms and you can check out more of their classic games about half way down the games page.
And we can’t neglect the astronomical meaning of the word. Here’s a picture of what the moon looks like at both its apogee and its perigee.
And don’t forget to find some way to use apogee, the second meaning.