superior conjunction


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superior conjunction

See conjunction.

superior conjunction

[sə′pir·ē·ər kən′jəŋk·shən]
(astronomy)
A conjunction when an astronomical body is opposite the earth on the other side of the sun.
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The big planet passes through superior conjunction with the Sun on September 26th and so is lost from view.
Venus entered eastern elongation from the date of superior conjunction, 2011 August 16.
Venus reached superior conjunction behind the Sun on June 6th and Mercury does the same on July 6th.
Venus reaches superior conjunction on 2011 Aug 16, after which she enters into a favourable eastern (evening) elongation.
Venus is at superior conjunction with the Sun on June 6th and so is unobservable this month.
The other notable difference between the two planets is that maximum brilliance occurs for Mercury close to superior conjunction (mag -2.
Mercury, which reaches superior conjunction on March 23rd, is poorly placed for observation this month, as are Neptune and Pluto.
Reaching superior conjunction on 2010 January 11, Venus commenced its current eastern (evening) elongation.
Mercury reaches superior conjunction with the Sun on November 17th and is too low in the dusk to see for most of the month.
Mercury plunges through superior conjunction with the Sun on July 23rd.
Venus will be at superior conjunction on January 11 and is unfavourably placed for observing over these two months.

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