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Hopsgegangen
2004-Jan-14, 10:44 AM
The plane of the eclipitic is defined by the orbit of the earth and differs by 7.25 degrees from the plane of the solar equator.

Whenever I find a table of information about about a planet, it lists the inclination relative to the ecliptic. But I cannot tell if the subject planet's orbit if more or less inclined relative to the solar equator. For example, Jupiter has an inclination of 1.3 degrees. Does that make it's orbit 8.55 degrees relative to the solar equator, or 5.95?

The reason I ask is that I'm pondering how big a problem the angle is for the solar nebula theory as the sole explanation for our solar system. Jupiter and the other gas giants have far more mass than earth, so their angles are more interesting.

Thanks,
Hops

cassie knowles
2004-Jan-29, 04:51 PM
:( how do you get the orbits of jupter

Tiny
2004-Jan-29, 05:50 PM
The orbits of the planets are all more or less in the same plane. The ecliptic is inclined only 7 degree from the plane of the Sun's equator. Pluto's orbit deviates the most from the plane of the ecliptic with an inclination of 17 degrees.

See : http://www.claudette.shalfleet.net/astroph...SolarSystem.htm (http://www.claudette.shalfleet.net/astrophysics/SolarSystem.htm)

Hope this help

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