planet watch
above the solar system
Volume 22 -- Issue 3
Above the Solar System -- March 2016

Name March 06 March 16 March 26
Mercury 295o 29' 329o 42' 014o 31'
Venus 288o 39' 304o 27' 320o 17'
Earth 165o 51' 175o 50' 185o 46'
Mars 203o 40' 208o 21' 213o 06'
Jupiter 168o 06' 168o 52' 169o 38'
Saturn 250o 24' 250o 42' 251o 00'
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 -March 2016
Above the Terrestrial Planets -  2016

Click here to see an animated graphic showing some of the
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.