superior planet


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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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They are just a load of wasters who are living on a superior planet from the rest of us.
Opposition is about when a superior planet reaches its maximum apparent size and brightness.
Along the lines of the latter thought, perhaps (to switch examples) it was the simplicity and generality of the correlation between any superior planet's opposition and its maximal brilliance that led Copernican astronomers to suggest that this constraint should be accounted for independent of the particular values of free parameters.
Opposition is the time when a superior planet (one that is farther from the Sun than Earth is) comes closest to us and therefore is typically brightest and appears biggest in telescopes.

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