One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of the planets Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, whose orbits are further from the sun than the earth's.
- ‘In most astrological depictions, Venus and Mercury are shown standing apart from the superior planets.’
- ‘Mercury's orbit, like that of Venus, can be divided into a complex set of phases, quite distinct from those of the Moon and those of the superior planets.’
- ‘Figure 2 is a diagram of the orbits of the Earth and a superior planet (those with orbits larger than those of the Earth), such as Mars.’
- ‘He may have come to the same conclusion about the superior planets but this is not certain…’
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