How to Explore the Solar System Map with NASA's Eyes
If you have our desktop version enabled on your computer, then the application shown above plots the position of the Earth and planets using data from this NASA's JPL website and is accurate between 3000 BCE and 3000 CE. If you have our mobile version enabled then we'll be showing you a simpler view of the solar system showing you the current planetary positions with the option of moving up to 30 days forwards or backwards.
Unlike other online orreries in which you can look at the solar system from all angles, this site always shows the same view to try and help you keep your orientation. A north/south control allows the view to be changed from looking "down" at the northern hemisphere to looking "down" (or is it "up"?) at the southern hemisphere. This allows you to tailor the view to the hemisphere you are in so that you can more easily relate the planetary positions as shown in this app with what you are seeing in the night sky. In both views the North Star is kept towards the top of the screen.
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This software is still under development with additional features being added when we can. Please feel free to let us know if there are any features you would like added or questions about the solar system you would like answered, or give us any comments on the application.
As Douglas Adams famously wrote "Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space." He was talking about the size of the Universe, but this phrase still applies if you are only trying to think about the size of the solar system - which of course is insignificant in terms of the scale of the universe.
To prove the point Josh Worth has plotted out the solar system to scale as if the Moon were only 1 pixel. The result... clever, interesting and ultimately tedious! And it shows why you'll virtually never see a to scale model of the Solar System without putting various sized fruits around a football field...
This animation represents a map of the increased count of all known asteroids in the solar system between Jan. 1, 1999, and Jan. 31, 2018. Blue represents near-Earth asteroids. Orange represents main-belt asteroids between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. For more info about how NASA tracks and studies asteroids and comets, visit and
Perihelion - Orbit's closest point to the Sun. Aphelion - Orbit's furthest point from the Sun.Sidereal year - the orbital period of the earth around the sun, taking the stars as a reference frame. It is 20 minutes longer than the tropical year because of precession. Tropical year - (also known as a solar year), for general purposes, is the time that the Sun takes to return to the same position in the cycle of seasons, as seen from Earth; for example, the time from vernal equinox to vernal equinox, or from summer solstice to summer solstice.Anomalistic year - this is usually defined as the time taken for the Earth to travel from one perihelion to the next.Precession - the slow circular movement of the axis of a spinning body - like the slower movement of a spinning top.
Outside those paths, the map also shows where and how much the Sun will be partially eclipsed by the Moon. On both dates, all 48 contiguous states in the U.S. will experience at least a partial solar eclipse (as will Mexico and most of Canada).
When plotting the objects, Lutz observed that the solar system is not arranged in linear distances. Rather, it is logarithmic, with exponentially more objects situated close to the sun. Lutz made use of this observation to space out their various orbits of the 18,000 objects in her map.
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What she is visualizing is the pull of the sun, as the majority of objects tend to gravitate towards the inner part of the solar system. This is the same observation Sir Isaac Newton used to develop the concept of gravity, positing that heavier objects produce a bigger gravitational pull than lighter ones. Since the sun is the largest object in our solar system, it has the strongest gravitational pull.
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Solar energy is a key strategy for Cambridge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make the community more resilient to the impacts of climate change. To promote solar installations the City of Cambridge worked with Mapdwell to develop The Solar Tool.
Mapdwell developed the solar potential data delivered and visualized through Solar System as well as the complete cost/benefit analysis modules, while the City of Cambridge provided the underlying input datasets, content, and imagery.
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According to the scientists who have constructed this map, three major geologic periods have been identified for Ganymede that involve the dominance of impact cratering, then tectonic upheaval, followed by a decline in geologic activity. The map, which illustrates surface features, such as furrows, grooves and impact craters, allows scientists to decipher distinct geologic time periods for an object in the outer solar system for the first time.
Experience the Maine Solar System Model, the largest 3-D scale model of the solar system in the western hemisphere. Established by the University of Maine at Presque Isle and the northern Maine community, this model extends for nearly 100 miles along U.S. Route 1, from the Sun at UMPI to the dwarf planet Eris in Topsfield.
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This hanging solar system map is ideal for discovering our solar system! It includes 20 giant magnets, 10 of which correspond to the planets of our solar system. A sheet of stickers allows to identify all the planets on the map. An educational poster informs about the name, the diameter of the planets as well as the distance of the planets to the sun. Stickers and poster available in 6 languages. Diameter of the card: 50 cm.
The York Solar System model is a scale model of the Solar System, spread out along 6.4 miles (10km) of the old East Coast mainline railway. Along it you can find scale models of all the planets in our solar system as well as models of the Cassini and Voyager spacecraft.
The Map can be accessed (and closed) either by clicking the map button in the Neocom Panel or by pressing F10. You will then be presented with a 3D view of the whole galaxy. Every single dot on the map is a system in itself. If you prefer a 2D view, you can press Flatten Map on the World Map Control Panel. Also there you can switch between the star map and the solar system map.
This displays the solar systems, constellations, and regions that you have chosen to avoid when setting destination routes. An item can be removed from this list by right-clicking on it and choosing 'Do Not Avoid".
Your journey of the solar system begins at the SUN located on Downtown Square in Gainesville. This scale model of the solar system features planet monuments along a 1.8-mile walk that takes you from the downtown square to the shores of Lake Lanier. One of only 13 in the world, this self-guided tour is a wonderful activity for the entire family and a great way to get some exercise too! The trail is an easy-to-walk concrete path that winds through several of Gainesville's parks. Learn interesting facts about the planets, such as, did you know that there are 67 moons that orbit Jupiter and that the winds on Saturn can reach 1100 miles per hour?! The trail map is available online at -System-Walking-Tour-PDF
In most maps of the solar system, you can expect to see the eight canonical planets (plus whatever Pluto is at the moment) trailing the fiery orange sun like polite little ducklings in a row. In biologist Eleanor Lutz's new map of the solar system, which shows the precise orbital paths of more than 18,000 near celestial objects, you'll be lucky if you can even find Mars.
Lutz is a doctoral candidate at the University of Washington who spends her evenings turning public data sets into hyperdetailed works of art. In her new project, called the Atlas of Space, she's borrowed more than a decade of data compiled by the likes of NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey and other science organizations to create some of the most accurate maps of the solar system that will fit on your bedroom wall.
This is our solar system in macro. Over the coming weeks, Lutz also plans to share some more intimate views of Earth's nearest cosmic neighbors, including topographic maps of Mercury and Venus. While these lovely maps may not take you to another world, they'll probably blow your mind a little bit.
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Because the Outer Wilds successfully consumed all of my time for over two weeks, until I finished it, I've got an idea to do art from it. Specifically, I'm thinking of creating a nomai solar system map using the nomai symbols for the various solar system objects*, and embroidering it on to black fabric, maybe using glow-in-the-dark thread, but it's a bugger to work with.** Somewhere on here, I found hi-res images of all the things in the solar system, except the orbital probe cannon. Is there a symbol for it anywhere? Or was something just never created to represent it?