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Unformatted text preview: from the Sun than the angles defined by greatest elongation. Aspects and phases of the inferior planets . Aspects and Phases of the Superior Planets The aspects and phases of the superior planets differ from those of the inferior planets because of geometry: their orbits are outside that of the Earth. These aspects and phases are indicated in the following diagram. When a superior planet is at quadrature, it is on our celestial meridian at sunrise or sunset. Comparing with the preceding diagram for the inferior planets, we notice two basic differences: (1) The superior planets do not exhibit a full range of phases; they are always gibbous or full. (2) The superior planets can be located at any distance East or West of the Sun in our sky, unlike the inferior planets where there is a limiting angle away from the Sun (greatest elongation)....
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- Fall '10
- Anthropology, phases, Inferior planets