How to Visualize the Solar System as the Earth Orbits the Sun

-- John Wynne | April 17, 2020


From the earth, on a daily basis, how does one visualize the shifting angle of the solar system as earth orbits the sun? I observe that it’s different at sunrise, noon and sunset. But how to join this all up together to see it as a yearly cycle?

-- John Wynne


I think that what you are looking for is a way to show what the orientation of the Sun and planets are on any given day relative to the Earth.  A nice interactive tool to do this is the 3D Diagram of the Solar System at  You can enter your location and date to show the position of the Sun and planets both in the plane of the solar system and in the sky.

-- Jeff Mangum