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The passage through the closest points between orbits (on the left). Neptune (blue) catching up with Pluto (red) i.e. the actual closest approach between Pluto and Neptune on the right. Plotted by a program written by Eurocommuter.


  • Orbits
    • Pluto in red
    • Neptune in blue
  • Orbits plotted in brighter colours above the ecliptic and darker below.
  • Major axis drawn showing perihelia (q) and aphelia (Q).
  • Bodies
    • Colours and albedos illustrated
    • For the closest approach, sphere size is inversely proportional to the distance to facilitate correlation.
    • The dates and positions indicated.
  • Orientation
    • The Sun in the centre of the graph.
    • Yellow segment points toward the vernal point.
    • View from ~ 10 degrees above the ecliptic

Data Source

Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Keplerian Elements for Approximate Positions of the Major Planets



  • Orbites
    • Pluton en rouge
    • Neptune en bleu
    • Orbites illustrées en couleurs plus vives au-dessus de l’écliptique et plus sombres au-dessous
  • Planètes
    • La différence des couleurs et albédos est représenté
    • La taille des sphères est inversement proportionnelle à la distance des planètes
    • Les dates et les positions sont indiquées
  • Orientation
    • Le Soleil est au centre
    • Le segment jaune montre le point vernal
    • La vue de 10 degrées au dessus de l’écliptique

Source de données

Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Keplerian Elements for Approximate Positions of the Major Planets


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