Summary Edit


The orbit of Mercury - ecliptic views. Generated by a program written by Eurocommuter.

Graph Edit

  • Orbits
    • Mercury in yellow
    • For reference a circular orbit with the same semi-major axis in grey
  • The orbit plotted in brighter colours above the ecliptic and darker below.
  • Major axis drawn showing perihelion (q) and aphelion (Q)
  • Orientation
    • The Sun in the centre.
    • Yellow segment points toward the vernal point.
    • View from the ecliptic (bottom) and from ~5 degrees above

Data Source Edit

  • For planets: Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Keplerian Elements for Approximate Positions of the Major Planets [1]

Licensing Edit

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