superior conjunction


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 the morning of the 26th, Venus will be passing on the far side of the sun as seen from the Earth in a process called called superior conjunction. Joe Mario Pedersen,, 28 Feb. 2021 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, 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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