planet watch
above the solar system
Volume 22 -- Issue 1
Above the Solar System -- January 2016

Name January 06 January 16 January 26
Mercury 060o 21' 122o 09' 172o 10'
Venus 192o 58' 209o 05' 225o 07'
Earth 105o 05' 115o 16' 125o 27'
Mars 176o 32' 1180sup>o 58' 185o 26'
Jupiter 163o 31' 164o 17' 165o 03'
Saturn 248o 35' 248o 53' 240o 11'
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 - 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.