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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Yet during the few weeks before and after inferior conjunction (crescent phase), Venus appears larger than giant Jupiter.
As the year progresses Venus draws in towards the Sun as it approaches inferior conjunction in 2014 January.
15 Martin Luther King's birthday (but is observed on January 19); Venus at inferior conjunction (passing due north of the Sun, on the near side of the Sun to us) and hence probably not visible.
MERCURY, the nearest planet to the sun, will be at inferior conjunction with the sun at 11:30pm in Doha on August 26, Qatar Calendar House (QCH) announced on Tuesday.
That happens this March 25th, when Venus goes through inferior conjunction.
Before the transit: Venus close to inferior conjunction
Over an interval of 8 years, Venus orbits the Sun almost exactly 13 times and swings through inferior conjunction five times.
7) Before inferior conjunction in 1958 there was a fortnight (1957 Dec 29-1958 Jan 13) during which ten BAA observers including Firsoff saw the Light prominently and often without doubt.
Mercury, emerging from last month's inferior conjunction, is mired even deeper in the twilight throughout a relatively poor apparition in the second half of March.
An even more definitive demonstration came as Venus neared inferior conjunction in March 1790.
Since inferior conjunction a few observations have come to hand.

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