Oblate spheroid

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Diagram of an oblate spheroid

An oblate spheroid is a shape like a sphere, but the distance from pole to pole is less than the distance around the equator. It is flatter than a true sphere. Skittles candies are examples of oblate spheroids. Go stones are another example. Oblate spheroids are a rotationally symmetric.[1]

Many planets, including the Earth and Saturn, are oblate spheroids.

Go stones

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  1. "Oblate Spheroid - from Wolfram MathWorld". Mathworld.wolfram.com. 2009-10-04. http://mathworld.wolfram.com/OblateSpheroid.html. Retrieved 2009-10-23.