greatest elongation

greatest elongation

(GE) See elongation.

greatest elongation

[′grād·əst ‚ē‚loŋ′gā·shən]
(astronomy)
The maximum angular distance of a body of the solar system from the sun, as observed from the earth.
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Greatest elongation (west) follows on March 30 when it appears to be 28[degrees] from the Sun.
Greatest elongation east of the Sun--an angular distance of 20[degrees]--is reached on April 26, when Mercury will set 2h12m after sunset; an hour after sunset, the magnitude +0.
When an inner planet is at the greatest apparent distance from the Sun, it is said to be at greatest elongation.
Following the solar transit last June, Venus passed into its western (morning) elongation and reached greatest elongation on 2012 Aug 15.
Mercury reaches greatest elongation - meaning its farthest point from the Sun from our view - tomorrow, when it lies 28 degrees west of the Sun and appears some five degrees above the eastern horizon 30 minutes before sunrise.
Venus - which is closer to Earth, making it the brighter of the two - is moving toward Earth and toward its greatest elongation - or the farthest point from the Sun within its orbit.
a] l28) presented the greatest resistance to tension and greatest elongation in relation to the other formulations.
For example, the nitrile rubber had the greatest elongation and the highest Tg.
So Potter and Morgan worked mostly when Mercury was at greatest elongation, that is, its farthest distance from the sun, which is 28[deg.
Its greatest elongation, or greatest apparent distance from the sun, comes on June 9.
Mercury reaches greatest elongation E on October 9, but despite being 25[degrees] from the Sun it will be unsuitably placed for observation as seen from the UK.