Current Position of Celestial Bodies
Is there a resource available to find planet's
locations in their orbits/distances from the sun, "live" or at
any point in time?
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
For starters, see: http://zeus.vwc.edu/~deweirich/Planets/
Yes there are. Most of the planetarium programs (especially
Starry Night) give this information each time they display a planet.
David H. Levy
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Update: June 2012