One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Either of the two planets Mercury and Venus, whose orbits are closer to the sun than the earth's.Compare with superior planet
- ‘Mercury and Venus are inferior planets, those with orbits smaller than the Earth's.’
- ‘The inferior planets Mercury and Venus (which constitute the biological and lower levels of the mind) are under natural law; that is, they work as rhythm and reflex, you can't stop them.’
- ‘For the inferior planets, Mercury and Venus, when they are between earth and the Sun, they appear to move direct; however, when they are on the other side of the sun (Sun is between the planet and earth), they appear retrograde.’
- ‘Mercury is an inferior planet, in detriment and fall, and even in the sign of Jupiter, an indication of capture.’
- ‘Mars is designated a superior planet while Venus is called an inferior planet, yet both are fascinating and prominent objects in the night sky.’
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