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superior planet

n.
Any of the planets Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, whose orbits are at a greater distance from the sun than Earth's.
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superior planet

n
(Astronomy) any of the planets (Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and (formerly) Pluto) whose orbit lies outside that of the earth
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Noun1.superior planet - any of the planets whose orbit lies outside the earth's orbit
major planet, planet - (astronomy) any of the nine large celestial bodies in the solar system that revolve around the sun and shine by reflected light; Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto in order of their proximity to the sun; viewed from the constellation Hercules, all the planets rotate around the sun in a counterclockwise direction
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Thus only superior planets and minor planets can be in opposition.
The tract presents a vision in which the conjunctions of the superior planets signal stages in the history of the world and announce in particular the birth of the prophets.
In general, superior planets (and their moons) appear most luminous when angular size and phase both peak in close succession--that is, proximate with GIE, which for all practical purposes is synonymous with opposition.

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