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LAS Mobile Solar System Page
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Planets, Moon and Sun 360° View from Earth

Above is a display showing the positions of the Sun, Planets, Moon and a few bright minor planets as seen from Earth. This is a 360 degree panorama as seen by an imaginary observer standing at the centre of a transparent Earth.

The wavy line is the path of the ecliptic. You will see that the planets and the Sun are never far from the ecliptic plane. The two bars labelled "Ecliptic Constellations" show the constellations the ecliptic plane passes through.

Solar System Plan View

Above is a plan view of the Solar System showing the positions of the planets in their orbits today. The planets move anti-clockwise in this graphic.

The orbits are not plotted to a linear scale. Doing so would cram the inner planets very close together, making it difficult to see them. Instead the orbits are plotted on a logarithmic scale, with a small offset to avoid losing Mercury into the Sun at perihelion. This enables us to see all the planets and their relative positions in their orbits