The time between successive conjunctions of a planet with the sun.
- The synodic period derives from the sidereal periods of Earth and Venus interacting, as 1/224-1/365 = 1/584 days, where 224 days is Venus's sidereal period.
- The Mayan astronomers calculated its synodic period (after which it has returned to the same position) as 584 days.
- Jupiter's synodic period brings it into conjunction with the sun every 398 days and 88 minutes.
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Syllabification: syn·od·ic pe·ri·od
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