planet watch
above the solar system
Volume 21 -- Issue 5
Above the Solar System -- May 2015

Name May 06 May 16 May 26
Mercury 167o 26' 205o 27' 235o 51'
Venus 160o 05' 176o 18' 192o 29'
Earth 225o 10' 234o 50' 244o 27'
Mars 062o 42' 068o 01' 073o 15'
Jupiter 144o 34' 145o 21' 146o 08'
Saturn 241o 06' 241o 25' 241o 43'
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 - May 2015
Above the Terrestrial Planets - May 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.