inferior conjunction


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inferior conjunction

n.
The position of an inferior planet (Mercury or Venus) when it lies on a direct line between Earth and the sun and on the same side of the sun as Earth.
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Noun1.inferior conjunction - (astronomy) the alignment of the Earth and a planet on the same side of the sun
astronomy, uranology - the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole
alignment, conjunction - (astronomy) apparent meeting or passing of two or more celestial bodies in the same degree of the zodiac
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Mercury spends the month going from inferior conjunction with the Sun on April 1st to a greatest western elongation of 27[degrees] on April 29th.
An inferior conjunction only happens for two planets of our solar system (Mercury and Venus) because their orbits are inside earth's orbit, while superior conjunction happens for all our solar system planets.
Jupiter and Mercury are moving away from the Sun each day, while Venus heads rapidly for inferior conjunction (on August 15).
If we consider "B" as integral part of the LC, then we have two asymmetric minima and the slight increase in signal at the pulsar inferior conjunction ([phi] ~0.
The planet then moves briskly closer to the Sun with inferior conjunction occurring on Jan 11.
For a transit to occur, Venus has to be at inferior conjunction at the same time it's at a node.
After that, Jupiter will become progressively harder to see as it heads toward inferior conjunction with the Sun on the 25th.
16 Mercury at inferior conjunction with sun and therefore unviewable; first woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova, 1963.
Last spring, as it does every 8 years, Venus passed its maximum north of the Sun (slightly more than 8[degrees]) at inferior conjunction.
As known, there are two types of conjunction: inferior and superior, the superior conjunction happens for all our solar system planets, while an inferior conjunction only happens for two planets of our solar system (Mercury and Venus) because they orbits around the sun are inside Earth's orbit.
Planet Mercury will be at inferior conjunction with the Sun today at 11.

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