inferior conjunction


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inferior conjunction

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inferior conjunction

[in′fir·ē·ər kən′jəŋk·shən]
(astronomy)
A type of configuration in which two celestial bodies have their least apparent separation; the smaller body is nearer the observer than the larger body, about which it orbits; for example, Venus is closest to the earth at its inferior conjunction.
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Frank Melillo drew attention to some patches which appeared in the same relative positions to those witnessed at earlier elongations: this is because the planet shows the same hemisphere towards Earth at each inferior conjunction.
Picking up Venus after inferior conjunction from Sept 12 onwards, Gianluigi Adamoli (Italy) made a good series of observations (currently reported up to Nov 18).
Venus reaches inferior conjunction every 584 days (approximately nineteen months) and completes 152 such synodic revolutions in 88,756 days.
In the first case, near its ascending node, Venus passes slightly beyond the Sun's northern limb at inferior conjunction on 1388 November 26, just failing to make a transit.
In the second case, near its descending node, Venus passes considerably south of the Sun's southern limb at inferior conjunction on 1996 June 10.
As the planet's declination will fall to -7[degrees] by greatest elongation in 2010 August, southern hemisphere data will be needed to view the planet against a dark sky around inferior conjunction in October.
That member had reported seeing a complete ring of light being deflected around Venus' atmosphere at inferior conjunction, but had also reported seeing a remarkably intense image of the solar disk reflected onto the roof of his observatory.
The Director learnt that Massey had already succeeded in obtaining good IRTE images at inferior conjunction in 2004 and 2006, which showed definite details.
NASA's Messenger spacecraft flew past Mercury again on 2008 October 6, a day when the planet was at inferior conjunction as viewed from the Earth.
Inferior conjunction, between Sun and Earth, is reached on March 27; by late April, Venus will have become a 'Morning Star'.
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