Track the Planets with this Solar System Orrery

This Solar System Orrery by Jeroen Gommers provides a top-down view of the solar system so you can observe how the planets move relative to each other.

The orbits and size of the planets has been squashed to make it fit onto the screen, but their relative motion are accurate. In reality their orbits are elliptical as well, rather than circular as shown in this model.

Drag any planet around to see how the other planets move. The simulation includes the dwarf planets as well as the 8 major planets.

Solar System Orrery

Use this in class to show how the inner planets complete their orbits relatively quickly, whilst the outer planets can take many years to do the same trip.

If you like this, then check out Space Resources for your Interactive Whiteboard which has more interactive resources like this.

Author: Danny Nicholson

Danny is an author, Science teacher, ICT Consultant, PGCE lecturer and computing / interactive whiteboard trainer. He has delivered training courses across the UK, in Europe, and in Canada. Please get in touch with your training requests.

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