planet watch
above the solar system
Volume 22 -- Issue 11
Above the Solar System -- November 2016

Name November 01 November 11 November 21
Mercury 227o 46' 255o 49' 283o 48'
Venus 312o 51' 328o 41' 344o 32'
Earth 039o 00' 049o 01' 059o 06'
Mars 337o 58' 344o 19' 350o 39'
Ceres 030o 14' 032o 13' 034o 13'
Jupiter 186o 19' 187o 05' 187o 50'
Saturn 257o 40' 257o 58' 258o 16'
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 - November 2016
Above the Terrestrial Planets - November 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.