inferior conjunction

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(astronomy) the alignment of the Earth and a planet on the same side of the sun

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If we consider "B" as integral part of the LC, then we have two asymmetric minima and the slight increase in signal at the pulsar inferior conjunction ([phi] ~0.75) suggesting that irradiation is enhanced by the pulsar flux onto the companion surface according to the current theoretical models.
The speedster zooms through inferior conjunction on January 20th and swiftly enters the morning sky.
Jupiter and Mercury are moving away from the Sun each day, while Venus heads rapidly for inferior conjunction (on August 15).
By contrast after Mercury has passed through inferior conjunction on November 1, it moves west of the Sun and reaches greatest western elongation on November 18 to provide us with the best morning apparition of 2013.
30 Venus, at inferior conjunction with the sun, nevertheless rises 40 minutes before sun today; first use of ether as an anesthetic, 1842, by Dr.
Tribune News Network Doha The nearest planet to the sun 'Mercury' will be at Inferior conjunction with sun when it will pass in between the sun and earth on the dawn sky of Friday, March 15 at 4:43am Doha local time, Qatar Calendar House (QCH) has announced.
Venus reaches inferior conjunction on October 26th and is then 6[degrees] south of the Sun--after which it starts emerging before sunrise (see below).
The apparent diameter of an inner planet changes appreciably with its position in its orbit; it is largest at inferior conjunction, but since it is then between the Sun and the Earth it cannot be seen.
It then passes through inferior conjunction on July 9 re-emerging at the end of the month into the morning sky.
Venus passes through inferior conjunction on the 25th, when it enters the morning sky for the rest of the year.
26 Neptune at opposition (visible in binoculars, but a detailed star chart is needed to locate it among many similarly bright stars; Neptune has lost back the title of outermost planet to Pluto--and won't regain it for 230 years); Mercury at inferior conjunction with sun and unviewable; Jupiter at west quadrature--90 [degrees] west of the sun--and hence visible in the south around dawn.
There are two types of conjunctions occurring in our solar system -- the superior and inferior conjunctions. The superior conjunction occurs for all planets in the solar system, while the inferior conjunction occurs for Mercury and Venus only, since their orbits around Sun are inside Earth's orbit.
Mercury leaps up from inferior conjunction on August 9th and becomes visible after the 20th; binoculars will help.
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