What Are the Inferior and Superior Planets and What Is the Difference Between Superior and Inferior Planets?

Although these terms sound judgmental, the terms Inferior and Superior Planets are not meant that way.

Relative to a particular planet, inferior planets are those that are closer to the Sun and superior planets are ones that are farther away from the Sun.

For Earth, Mercury and Venus are inferior planets and all the others are superior planets.

For Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are superior planets and all the rest are inferior planets.

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