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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These phases will play out in reverse order in the morning sky after inferior conjunction on March 25th.
Mercury then goes through inferior conjunction on March 4 after which it moves west of the Sun to become a morning object.
17 Mercury at inferior conjunction with Sun (unviewable); Saturn resumes direct (that is, eastward) motion relative to the background stars.
Tribune News Network Doha The brightest planet in our solar system 'Venus' will be at 'Inferior Conjunction' with Sun, as it will pass in between Sun and Earth in the evening of Friday, October 26, at 5pm Doha time, according to Qatar Calendar House (QCH).
Last spring, as it does every 8 years, Venus passed its maximum north of the Sun (slightly more than 8[degrees]) at inferior conjunction. Back in 2001 this helped me see Venus with the naked eye at both ends of one night--and see the crescent Venus without magnification (through an eye-centered pinhole to eliminate the diffraction spikes or rays of Venus).
Before the transit: Venus close to inferior conjunction
For more information, there are two types of conjunction occurs for our solar system planets, Superior and Inferior conjunctions; where Superior conjunction occurs for all solar system planets, while Inferior conjunction occurs for two planets only (Mercury and Venus), because they orbits around the sun are inside Earth's orbit.
Mercury spends the month going from inferior conjunction with the Sun on April 1st to a greatest western elongation of 27[degrees] on April 29th.
(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.

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