Definition of inferior conjunction in English:

inferior conjunction

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noun

Astronomy
  • A conjunction of Mercury or Venus with the sun, in which the planet and the earth are on the same side of the sun.
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    • It follows from this that, each time Venus comes nearest to Earth in an inferior conjunction, the same part of its surface will be pointing towards Earth.
    • Those passages, which take place every 584 days, or about every nineteen months, are known to astronomers as inferior conjunctions.
    • This can only occur when Venus is at her inferior conjunction - and hasn't happened since 1882.

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