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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Tribune News Network Doha MERCURY will be at inferior conjunction with the Sun on Sunday (July 21) at 3.30pm local time, passing in between the Sun and Earth, Qatar Calendar House (QCH) announced on Saturday.
Mercury was at inferior conjunction with the Sun on November 27th, but in December it leaps up into an excellent morning apparition.
While the 'superior conjunction' pertains to all planets in the solar system, an 'inferior conjunction' only involves two planets - Mercury and Venus, the statement adds.
The radio eclipses in the PM survey were observed at [phi] ~0.25 when the pulsar was behind the companion (at inferior conjunction).
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.
An inferior conjunction occurs when a Solar System body lies along a straight line between the Earth and the sun, with the Earth in between the two.
Planet Mercury will be at inferior conjunction with the Sun today at 11.30pm Doha time, Qatar Calendar House (QCH) has announced.

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