planet watch
above the solar system
Volume 22 -- Issue 5
Above the Solar System -- May 2016

Name May 05 May 15 May 25
Mercury 215o 30' 244o 37' 272o 13'
Venus 023o 50' 039o 49' 055o 51'
Earth 224o 56' 234o 36' 244o 13'
Mars 232o 47' 237o 54' 243o 07'
Jupiter 172o 41' 173o 26' 174o 12'
Saturn 252o 13' 252o 31' 252o 50'
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 -May 2016
Above the Terrestrial Planets - May 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.