Inferior Conjunctions

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Inferior Conjunctions

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Inferior conjunctions are conjunctions between the Sun and the inferior planets in which Mercury or Venus lies between the Sun and Earth. The antonymous expression superior conjunction refers to conjunctions in which Mercury or Venus is located behind the Sun. None of the other planets is capable of inferior conjunctions, because their orbits never carry them between the Sun and Earth.

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But to get a clear telescopic view of Venus near inferior conjunction, you'll need to view the planet in broad daylight.
Venus reaches inferior conjunction every 584 days (approximately nineteen months) and completes 152 such synodic revolutions in 88,756 days.
At the next inferior conjunction, on the afternoon of June 5, 2012 (in North America), Venus will transit the Sun's disk.
Notice too that if an inferior conjunction falls very close to the nodal line, then neither the alignment 8 years earlier nor the one 8 years later will land in the transit zone, so there would be only a single transit in that century.
When the asteroid lies on the line between Sun and Earth, it is at inferior conjunction.

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