superior conjunction

noun

Definition of superior conjunction

: a conjunction of a planet with the sun in which the sun is aligned between the earth and the planet

Examples of superior conjunction in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On this day, Venus will be directly behind the sun as seen from Earth, putting it in what astronomers call superior conjunction. Andrew Fazekas, National Geographic, "Perseids peak, and more top stargazing events in August," 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of superior conjunction

1717, in the meaning defined above

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“Superior conjunction.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/superior%20conjunction. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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