planet watch
above the solar system
Volume 21 -- Issue 7
Above the Solar System -- July 2015

Name July 05 July 15 July 25
Mercury 008o 55' 066o 12' 127o 30'
Venus 208o 36' 224o 38' 240o 36'
Earth 282o 41' 292o 13' 301o 46'
Mars 093o 21' 098o 11' 102o 57'
Jupiter 149o 15' 150o 01' 150o 48'
Saturn 242o 56' 243o 15' 243o 33'
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 - July 2015
Above the Terrestrial Planets - July 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.