The etymology of apogee refers us to the Latin word apogēum,
which derives from the Greek apógeion. The concept is
used to name the most prominent or salient moment of some process.
For example: "The heyday of electronic music occurred in the 1990s", "We
are still far from reaching the heyday of wind power: we have to invest money
and knowledge in its development ", "I think the
heyday is over in this player's career ”.
the idea of apogee, in this way, is associated with the culminating
instance of a stage or a scope. When something reaches its peak, it
reaches its splendor: beyond what lasts this instant, then the decline will
begin or it will disappear.
It can be said that the height of a singer's career occurs when he sells
millions of records, makes his songs very popular or is presented with sold-out
tickets in all his shows. If, a few years later, you do not achieve the same
impact with your work, it could be said that your heyday has
One of the most regrettable phenomena surrounding the
careers of famous artists is the lack of loyalty on the part of their followers,
who are commonly identified under the classification of "fanatics" or "fans."
Continuing with the singer's example, when he reaches his peak, a magical
combination of brilliant compositions, exorbitant amounts of worldwide sales and
an excellent state of health that allows him to use his voice with mastery, the
world seems to be in his hands and its detractors are nothing more than small
points in a sea of success.
However, when that special period begins to fade after a more normal one,
many of his followers go out to look for younger alternatives, artists who have
not yet reached their peak, to live again and again this absurd cycle that
has as I aim for the search for perfection, something that they will never find,
neither in their idols nor in themselves.
According to the dictionary, the term decline is defined as a
downhill, a slope that we can see on a surface. It also places
it among the synonyms for decline, the action, and the effect of
"going down." All this may sound violent if we apply it to the development of a
person's life, especially if we focus on his professional activity and
vocation; However, it is a natural part of life, and we should accept it without
The heyday of an era of great scientific discovery and invaluable
contributions to the art world would not be as fascinating if it were not
followed by a decline, a transition to another era from which it is possible to
admire the achievements of the past and learn from them. Similarly, we should be
grateful that the heyday of an era of war and torture is always followed by decadence.
In astronomy, apogee is the point in the orbit developed
around the Earth that is furthest from the center of
the planet. It is a notion similar to that of apoastro,
which is used with respect to any body that makes an orbit around another that
has a greater mass. The opposite of apogee is perigee: the
point of the orbit around Earth that is closest to the center
of the planet.
When a body orbits around another whose mass is greater, when moving through
its apogee its movement is slower, and the opposite occurs when it is at its
perigee. This is explained with the help of Johannes Kepler's laws, according to
which the planets describe elliptical orbits in their displacement around the
Sun, and the areas they sweep in a certain period of time are