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superior conjunction

noun, Astronomy
1.
the alignment of an inferior planet and the sun in which the planet is at the far side of the sun from the earth.
Origin of superior conjunction
1825-1835
1825-35
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  • Mercury and Venus have each two conjunctions, the inferior and the superior conjunction.

    Letters on Astronomy Denison Olmsted
  • Its apparent diameter varies between 4½″ in superior conjunction to 13″ in inferior conjunction.

    The Story of the Solar System George F. Chambers
  • When the inferior planet is on the far side of the sun from us, it is said to be in superior conjunction.

    Astronomy of To-day Cecil G. Dolmage
  • Its apparent diameter varies between 9½″ in superior conjunction, and 62″ in inferior conjunction.

    The Story of the Solar System George F. Chambers
superior conjunction in Science
superior conjunction
  (s-pîr'ē-ər)   
See under conjunction.
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