planet watch
above the solar system
Volume 21 -- Issue 6
Above the Solar System -- June 2015

Name June 05 June 15 June 25
Mercury 263o 92' 292o 08' 325o 32'
Venus 208o 36' 224o 38' 240o 36'
Earth 254o 02' 263o 36' 273o 09'
Mars 078o 24' 083o 28' 088o 26'
Jupiter 146o 54' 147o 41' 148o 28'
Saturn 242o 01' 242o 20' 242o 38'
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 - June 2015
Above the Terrestrial Planets - June 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.