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Name: Cathy
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Location: NV
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Question:
Is there a resource available to find planet's locations in their orbits/distances from the sun, "live" or at any point in time?


Replies:
Wow! A big surprise. Do a "Google" search on the search term "planet location applet" and you will find a lot of "hits". The program(s) need your location (which you can also find on the Internet, from a GPS device, or local agricultural extension governmental office), and the time. The various programs then pinpoint the location(s) of the various planets. This seems to be a good "hands on" activity for grades 6-8. Each applet provides somewhat different information in different formats. You can select the one that best suits your needs and grade-appropriate level.

For starters, see: http://zeus.vwc.edu/~deweirich/Planets/

www.lightandmatter.com/area2planet.shtml

www.geoastro.de/planets/

Vince Calder


Dear Cathy,

Yes there are. Most of the planetarium programs (especially Starry Night) give this information each time they display a planet.

Sincerely

David H. Levy



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