planet watch
above the solar system
Volume 22 -- Issue 8
Above the Solar System -- August 2016

Name August 03 August 13 August 23
Mercury 221o 44' 250o 14' 277o 57'
Venus 169o 11' 185o 23' 201o 31'
Earth 311o 05' 320o 41' 330o 18'
Mars 282o 10' 288o 07' 294o 09'
Jupiter 179o 31' 180o 16' 181o 02'
Saturn 254o 57' 255o 15' 255o 33'
Ceres 012o 49' 014o 43' 065o 37'
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 -M August 2016
Above the Terrestrial Planets - August 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.