planet watch
above the solar system
Volume 21 -- Issue 11
Above the Solar System -- 2015

Name November 02 November 12 November 22
Mercury 184o 12' 218o 24' 247o 12'
Venus 087o 33' 103o 44' 119o 57'
Earth 039o 14' 049o 16' 059o 21'
Mars 148o 04' 152o 26' 156o 48'
Jupiter 158o 32' 159o 18' 160o 04'
Saturn 246o 36' 246o 54' 247o 12'
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 - 2015
Above the Terrestrial Planets -  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.