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inferior conjunction

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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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Circling the Sun almost 30% closer than Earth does, on average, Venus has a shorter orbital period and "laps" our planet at regular intervals, passing between Earth and the Sun in events known as inferior conjunctions.
25) at the descending node, at the inferior conjunctions occur ring eight years either side, the planet misses the solar disk and no transit occurs.
On many occasions since April 1961, I have observed Venus at or near inferior conjunctions in January or in March-April, when Venus passes north of the Sun, making it easy to block the Sun with the top of a building.
You will find here, among others, a list of the inferior conjunctions of Venus from AD 391 to 1999, a tabulation of bright, high-amplitude variable stars, a formula for converting Gregorian dates to Julian Day numbers, and the very important equations for archaeoastronomy, namely, how to convert from equatorial to horizon coordinates.
During that 8-year period, five inferior conjunctions occur, 584 days apart on average.

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