Vocabulary: Apogee

I always forget which is which between apogee and perigee, so I had to look it up the other day.

In the dictionary that Apple uses, it says that apogee is "the point in orbit where an object is furthest from the Earth." It then gives a figurative definition that apogee is also "the highest point or climax of something" and uses the example "the White House is considered the apogee of American achievement.

Of course, that made me mix the two in my head and think that the White House is the point in human achievement is the point where you're furthest from the Earth. Given the short sighted policies in a lot of our politics, you have to wonder if that isn't actually the case.