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superior planet

noun, Astronomy
1.
any of the five planets whose orbits are outside the orbit of the earth, namely, the planets Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.
Origin of superior planet
1575-1585
1575-85; i.e., superior in distance from the sun
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  • Neptune, of course, would be visible and be the only superior planet.

    The Story of the Solar System George F. Chambers
  • To begin with, it should be quite evident that we cannot ever have a transit of a superior planet.

    Astronomy of To-day Cecil G. Dolmage
  • The smaller arcs represent the orbits of the superior planet, Mars, and the earth around the sun, S.

    Astronomical Lore in Chaucer Florence M. Grimm
  • A superior planet will be at its greatest distance from us when on the far side of the sun.

    Astronomy of To-day Cecil G. Dolmage
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superior planet

noun
1.
any of the planets (Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and (formerly) Pluto) whose orbit lies outside that of the earth
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superior planet in Science
superior planet  
Any of the planets Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, whose orbits lie beyond that of Earth. Because these planets never come between the Earth and Sun, they do not exhibit crescent phases, only full and gibbous. Unlike the inferior planets Mercury and Venus, superior planets rise in the east and set in the west in the normal pattern of celestial objects. Compare inferior planet. See also inner planet.
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