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Orbits of outer planets, Pluto, Sedna, and 2012 VP113

Orbits of outer planets, Pluto, Sedna, and 2012 VP113

NASA / JPL Small-Body Database Browser / animation by Emily Lakdawalla

Orbits of outer planets, Pluto, Sedna, and 2012 VP113
This diagram shows the positions of distant objects Sedna and 2012 VP113 with respect to those of Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto on March 26, 2014. The animation tilts the solar system up and down to help visualize the positions of the distant objects with respect to the rest of the solar system. Both objects are very close to their closest-approach distances to the Sun, at approximately 80 AU, and both are located south of the ecliptic plane at a similar position.

This animation was made by copying images from the JPL Small-Body Database Browser for Sedna and 2012 VP133.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. For uses not allowed by that license, contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder: Emily Lakdawalla

Original image data dated on or about March 26, 2014

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