planet watch
above the solar system
Volume 22 -- Issue 4
Above the Solar System -- April 2016

Name April 05 April 15 April 25
Mercury 073o 05' 133o 34' 180o 31'
Venus 336o 07' 351o 59' 007o 53'
Earth 195o 38' 205o 27' 215o 13'
Mars 217o 55' 222o 48' 227o 45'
Jupiter 170o 24' 171o 09' 171o 55'
Saturn 251o 19' 251o 37' 251o 55'
Plot planet positions using polar graph paper that you can download from this web site - or at that web site create your own.

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 -April 2016
Above the Terrestrial Planets -  2016

Click here to see an animated graphic showing the
Terrestrial Planets orbiting the Sun during 2016.

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