planet watch
above the solar system
Volume 21 -- Issue 8
Above the Solar System -- August 2015

Name August 04 August 14 August 24
Mercury 176o 05' 212o 03' 241o 34'
Venus 303o 58' 319o 47' 335o 38'
Earth 311o 19' 320o 55' 330o 32'
Mars 107o 39' 112o 18' 116o 54'
Jupiter 151o 34' 152o 21' 153o 07'
Saturn 243o 51' 244o 10' 244o 28'
Plot planet positions using polar graph paper or the provided activity sheet.

This uses a coordinate system which allows for the plotting of a planet position along its orbital path using degrees (0o to 360o) of heliocentric longitude. Once plotted the orbital position of one planet could be compared with that of another planet. Or the relative orbital speeds of an inner planet could be compared with that of an outer planet.

Terrestrial Planets in Motion at 5 day intervals - August 2015
Above the Terrestrial Planets - August 2015

Click here to see an animated graphic showing the
Terrestrial Planets orbiting the Sun during 2015.

Explore our Solar System with this really cool tool. Click here to go to the Solar System Scope web site.