Meaning of inferior conjunction in English:

inferior conjunction

noun

Astronomy
  • A conjunction of Mercury or Venus with the sun, in which the planet and the earth are on the same side of the sun.

    ‘It follows from this that, each time Venus comes nearest to Earth in an inferior conjunction, the same part of its surface will be pointing towards Earth.’
    • ‘Those passages, which take place every 584 days, or about every nineteen months, are known to astronomers as inferior conjunctions.’
    • ‘This can only occur when Venus is at her inferior conjunction - and hasn't happened since 1882.’
    • ‘On August 5 Mercury reaches inferior conjunction, passing between Earth and the Sun.’
    • ‘Mercury is at inferior conjunction on July 6, when it passes between Earth and the Sun.’