Elongation

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The angular distance of an interior planet from the Sun, as seen from the Earth. The term Greatest Elongation is applied to the inner planets, Mercury and Venus. It is the maximum elongation from the Sun. At Greatest Elongation, the planet will appear 50% phase.

 
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