planet watch
above the solar system
Volume 23 -- Issue 11
Above the Solar System -- November 2017

Name November 07 November 17 November 27
Mercury 281o 16' 312o 23' 351o 24'
Venus 187o 59' 204o 07' 220o 11'
Earth 044o 46' 054o 49' 064o 56'
Mars 169o 32' 173o 55' 178o 21'
Ceres 110o 15' 112o 31' 115o 09'
Jupiter 214o 23' 215o 08' 215o 54'
Saturn 268o 51' 269o 09' 269o 27'
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 called heliocentric longitude where the 0o point is at the June or Vernal Equinox coordinate of 0 hours Right Ascension. From 0o longitude an object's orbit around the Sun and its heliocentric longitude increase at a rate determined by the orbital speed of the particular planet. The planet motion is counterclockwise as the animation below shows.
Terrestrial Planets and Dwarf Planet Ceres in Motion at 5 day intervals.
Above the Terrestrial Planets - November 2017

Click here to see an animated graphic showing the
Terrestrial Planets orbiting the Sun during 2017.

Explore our Solar System with this really cool tool. Click here to go to the Solar System Scope web site.