planet watch
above the solar system
Volume 22 -- Issue 6
Above the Solar System -- June 2016

Name June 04 June 14 June 24
Mercury 301o 51' 337o 45' 025o 23'
Venus 071o 55' 088o 03' 104o 14'
Earth 253o 48' 263o 22' 272o 55'
Mars 248o 24' 253o 48' 259o 17'
Jupiter 174o 58' 175o 43' 176o 29'
Saturn 253o 08' 253o 26' 253o 44'
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 June 2016
Above the Terrestrial Planets - June 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.