Apparent retrograde motion is the apparent motion of a planet in a direction opposite to that of other bodies within its system, as observed from a particular vantage point. Direct motion or prograde motion is motion in the same direction as other bodies. While the terms direct and prograde are equivalent in this context, the former is the traditional term in astronomy. The earliest recorded use of prograde was in the early 18th century, although the term is now less common.
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Mercury Retrograde and What it Means for You
It is not REAL in that the planet does not physically start moving backwards in its orbit. It just appears to do so because of the relative positions of the planet and Earth and how they are moving around the Sun. Normally, the planets move west-to-east through the stars at night. This is referred to as prograde motion. However, peridiocally the motion changes and they move east-to-west through the stars. We call this retrograde motion. The retrograde motion continues for a short time and then the motion switches back to prograde. This seemingly strange behavior is easily understood within the context of a Sun-centered heliocentric solar system. The explanation for retrograde motion in a heliocentric model is that retrograde occurs roughly when a faster moving planet catches up to and passes a slower moving planet. How the planet Mars would appear to have both prograde then retrograde then prograde motion is shown in the diagram below.
Retrograde Motion in Astronomy
Three times a year, it appears as if Mercury is traveling backwards. However, this is an excellent time to reflect on the past. Review projects and plans at these times, but wait until Mercury is direct again to make any final decisions.
Suffering from a bad case of saying the wrong thing at the worst time? There's an explanation in the stars, and its name is Mercury retrograde. Here's everything you need to know about this cosmic event and what's in store for you when it happens in On Sunday, February 16 , Mercury the planet of communication goes reverse in watery Pisces , entering its first retrograde of This is the same day that Mars, the planet of action and desire, enters career-oriented Capricorn. When the swift-moving Mercury cruises backward, we can expect frustrating miscommunications, technology meltdowns, and travel mishaps. Thankfully, with the warrior planet Mars in hardworking Capricorn , we get a motivational boost to help us survive Mercury's infamous retrograde. Mercury will moonwalk through Pisces, traversing the sensitive astrological sign associated with dreams, spirituality, and creativity through Wednesday, March 4, when it changes gears and enters eccentric Aquarius.