planet watch
above the solar system
Volume 22 -- Issue 10
Above the Solar System -- October 2016

Name October 02 October 12 October 22
Mercury 098o 39' 154o 29' 195o 48'
Venus 265o 23' 281o 13' 297o 02'
Earth 009o 14' 019o 06' 029o 01'
Mars 318o 58' 325o 17' 331o 37'
Jupiter 184o 03' 184o 48' 185o 34'
Saturn 256o 46' 257o 04' 257o 22'
Ceres 024o 20' 026o 17' 028o 15'
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 - October 2016
Above the Terrestrial Planets - October 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.