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flattening

A term of art used in psychiatry for the attenuation or reduction of a person’s emotional reactivity, typically expressed as flattening of affect.
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Kepler 11145123 has a diameter of about 3 million kilometers but rotates three times more slowly than the sun, and it is the slow rotation that is partially responsible for such a low degree of oblateness.
The star was observed continuously for four years by NASA's Kepler space observatory, and the oblateness of 3 kilometers was determined with a precision of 1 kilometer.
On the Determination of the Rotational Oblateness of Achernar.
The solar oblateness and its relationship with the structure of the tacholine and the Sun's subsurface.
As a point of interest, the Southern star Achernar, has a tremendous oblateness which approaches 1.
In comparison, the second and third terms in (11) are the oblateness and relativistic corrections respectively and they produce the following values based on the given parameters:
The existence of gentle solar oblateness has been recognized for nearly thirty years.
In addressing the oblateness of the Sun [56, 57], the density of this rotating sphere is maintained as essentially constant throughout the solar radius [57].
The oblateness of this star is caused by rapid rotation and is a stunning 1.
It is closely related to the oblateness of the Sun, which is caused by our star's rotation, and it also affects the orbits of the innermost planets, particularly Mercury's.
But the remainder, a mere 43 arcseconds per century, is attributed to a combination of general relativity and solar oblateness.
Gravitational effects of the Earth's oblateness cause the plane of the orbit to precess about 1 |degree~ per day, the same rate at which the direction to the Sun changes as the Earth circles around it.