# Wolfram Function Repository

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Plot the positions of solar system objects in 3D

Contributed by:
Jeff Bryant

ResourceFunction["SolarSystemPlot3D"][ represents a three-dimensional graphical image for the current date that works with solar system entities as well as standard 3D graphics primitives and directives. | |

ResourceFunction["SolarSystemPlot3D"][ represents a three-dimensional graphical image for the specified | |

ResourceFunction["SolarSystemPlot3D"][ represents a three-dimensional graphical image for the specified range of dates that works with solar system entities as well as standard 3D graphics primitives and directives. |

Supported entity types include "Planet", "MinorPlanet", "Comet" and "DeepSpaceProbe".

"DeepSpaceProbe" entities must have the "HelioCoordinates" property available.

Entities represent the coordinates of those entities when used within ResourceFunction["SolarSystemPlot3D"].

Units are in astronomical units.

ResourceFunction["SolarSystemPlot3D"] has the same options as Graphics3D, with the following additions and changes:

"EclipticPlaneStyle" | Directive[GrayLevel[1],Opacity[0.2]] | style to use for drawing the ecliptic plane |

"IncludeEclipticPlane" | True | whether to draw the ecliptic plane |

"IncludeReferenceObjects" | False | whether to include important background reference objects |

"IncludeSun" | True | whether to include the Sun |

LabelingFunction | Automatic | how to label points |

LabelingSize | Automatic | size to use for callout and label |

"OrbitsToInclude" | Automatic | list of entities whose orbits to include |

"OrbitStyle" | Automatic | style to use for drawing orbits |

"SunStyle" | Automatic | style directives to use for rendering the Sun |

Plot the position of a planet:

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Plot the position of a minor planet:

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Plot the position of a comet:

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Plot the position of a deep space probe:

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Plot the position of a planet on a specific date:

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Plot the positions of multiple solar system objects:

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Plot the positions of multiple solar system objects on a specified date:

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"OrbitsToInclude" can be used to specify which orbits should be included in the scene:

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"OrbitStyle" can be used to style the orbits according to arbitrary styles and directives:

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"IncludeSun" can be used to remove the Sun from the scene:

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"SunStyle" can be used to change the directives and primitives used to create the Sun. By default, the Sun is drawn to scale as a yellow sphere:

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"IncludeEclipticPlane" is False by default, but can be set to True:

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"EclipticPlaneStyle" can be used to specify the directives to use in styling the ecliptic plane:

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Force all callout labels to display:

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"IncludeReferenceObjects" can be set to False to avoid computing the positions of background reference objects:

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Visualize comet 46P/Wirtanen as it passes near the Earth:

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Track Elon Musk's Tesla in space:

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The coordinates of some objects may not be available or may have restrictions on which dates they are available, which can result in invalid coordinates for a 3D scene:

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Simulate the inner planets being illuminated by the Sun:

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Wolfram Language 11.3 (March 2018) or above

- 5.1.1 – 13 January 2023
- 5.1.0 – 13 January 2023
- 5.0.0 – 02 September 2020
- 4.0.0 – 01 September 2020
- 3.0.0 – 10 July 2020
- 2.0.0 – 13 March 2019
- 1.0.0 – 07 March 2019

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