planet watch
above the solar system
Volume 22 -- Issue 7
Above the Solar System -- July 2016

Name July 04 July 14 July 24
Mercury 085o 55' 144o 21' 188o 23'
Venus 120o 27' 136o 41' 152o 57'
Earth 282o 27' 291o 59' 301o 32'
Mars 264o 52' 270o 32' 276o 19'
Jupiter 177o 14' 178o 00' 178o 45'
Saturn 254o 02' 254o 20' 254o 39'
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 July 2016
Above the Terrestrial Planets - July 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.