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Unformatted text preview: Notice that Pluto's orbit is highly tilted (17 degrees) relative to the plane of the ecliptic. Here is the present position (side view, to scale) of all planets in the Solar System. The portion of the orbit in blue is above the plane of the ecliptic; portion in green is below the plane of the ecliptic. View is from 20 degrees above ecliptic plane to emphasize the tilt of orbits. Here is the average separation of the planets from the Sun (in astronomical units) displayed in graphical form, and here are the eccentricities of the planetary orbits These two graphs display clearly the enormous distances in the outer Solar System, and that Pluto and Mercury have by far the most elliptical orbits....
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course ANT ANT2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
- Fall '10