greatest elongation

greatest elongation

(GE) See elongation.
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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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Tribune News Network Doha MERCURY will be at its highest point over eastern horizon of Qatar at the crack of dawn on Thursday (April 11), where it will be at the greatest elongation with the Sun, Qatar Calendar House (QCH) announced on Tuesday.
The planet Mercury will be at the "greatest elongation" point with the sun tomorrow, reaching its highest point over the western horizon, Qatar Calendar House (QCH) has said.
When an inner planet is at the greatest apparent distance from the Sun, it is said to be at greatest elongation. At greatest eastern elongation, the planet is visible in the evening sky after sunset; at greatest western elongation, it is visible in the morning sky before sunrise.
4 Sep: Mercury greatest elongation East (27 degrees).
According to the Web site, on July 12, morning stargazers must watch out for Mercury which will be at its "greatest elongation." To view Mercury at its brigthest in the July sky, keep an eye on it about 45 minutes before sunrise.
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.
Jan 4 Mercury at greatest elongation in the evening sky.
For example, the nitrile rubber had the greatest elongation and the highest Tg.