The same thing for an inferior planet, say Mercury, is even still more easily seen (vide figure 13).
He always talked down to us as though we were beings of another and inferior planet.
When the inferior planet is on the far side of the sun from us, it is said to be in Superior Conjunction.
At a transit of an inferior planet over the sun, this term means the passing off of the planet from his disc.
Now this would most certainly be the case were the orbit of an inferior planet in the same plane with the orbit of the earth.
Sterne anticipated this paradoxist in (jestingly) attributing glassiness to an inferior planet.
Unquestionably a sun-spot had been seen by earlier observers, and by them mistaken for the transit of an inferior planet.
The first person known to have observed a transit of an inferior planet was the celebrated French philosopher, Gassendi.
The inferior planet Venus comes closer, but is not visible throughout the night.
|inferior planet |
Either of the planets Mercury or Venus, whose orbits lie between Earth and the Sun. Because these planets lie in the general direction of the Sun, they can only be seen a few hours before sunrise or after sunset and are always positioned relatively near the horizon, never overhead. Inferior planets go through a complete cycle of phases as viewed from Earth, although their full phase, which occurs on the far side of the Sun, is lost in its glare. Compare superior planet. See also inner planet.