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Morning Star [Astro*Index]

Shortly after passing inferior conjunction with the Sun, Mercury and Venus become "morning stars" as they appear in the eastern sky before sunrise. This phenomenon continues until, after passing their western station, the planet changes from retrograde to direct motion, and becomes progressively closer to the Sun each morning until it can no longer be seen before sunrise. Other planets can exhibit this behavior. A similar phenomenon (the Evening Star) occurs in the western sky after sunset.Observations of this phenomenon are intimately connected with the determination of the exact Exaltation Degrees.


See also:
♦ Evening Star ♦ Inferior Conjunction ♦ Station ♦ Direct Motion ♦ Retrograde Motion


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