superior conjunction

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superior conjunction

n.
The position of an inferior planet (Mercury or Venus) when it lies on a direct line extending from Earth through the center of the sun.
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Noun1.superior conjunction - (astronomy) the alignment of the Earth and a planet on the opposite 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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On the other hand, the asteroid will have superior conjunctions for the first time on December 27, 2046, and then twice each year until 2234 (as depicted in the 2100 loop).
The line beyond the Earth denotes opposition with the Sun, while the line opposite the Sun represents superior conjunction.

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