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1 article for "Syzygy"

Syzygy [Astro*index]

[Gr. suzugos, yoked together, paired; conjugation]

A conjunction or opposition of two bodies, especially of the Sun and Moon. This phenomenon requires an alignment of 3 bodies (one of which is the Earth) in a (nearly) straight line. The Moon is in syzygy with the Sun at New and Full Moon.

See also:
♦ New Moon ♦ Full Moon
Syzygy [Munkasey M.]

The position of the Moon when it is either New or Full. Also, positions of binary stars when one eclipses the other.

See also:
♦ New Moon ♦ Full Moon
Syzygy [DeVore]

Literally a yoking together. often loosely applied to any conjunction or opposition; particularly of a planet with the Sun, and close to the ecliptic whereby the Earth and the two bodies are in a straight line. In its use in connection with the calculation of Tide Tables it applies to the conjunctions and oppositions of Sun and Moon near the Node.

See also:
♦ New Moon ♦ Full Moon

 

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