Solar System Mandalas

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Plotting the position of solar system objects in the ecliptic plane gives elaborate patterns called mandalas. Heliocentric or geocentric points of view give entirely different patterns. You can connect the positions of two different bodies with a line or use "single entity" to see the apparent path the object takes from Earth's point of view. Kepler made similar patterns during his study of planetary orbits.

Contributed by: Jeff Bryant (February 2009)
Suggested by: Stephen Wolfram
Based on work by: David Cochrane
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA


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