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The path that planets take around the sun is called it's orbit. The gravitation pull of the sun keeps each planet in it's orbit. Each planets orbit varies in the time it ...

howthingsfly.si.edu/flight-dynamics/kepler%E2%80%99s-laws-orbital-motion

Kepler's First Law Describes the Shape of an Orbit. The orbit of a planet around the Sun (or of a satellite around a planet) is not a perfect circle. ... A planet farther from the Sun not only has a longer path than a closer planet, but it also travels ...

www.quia.com/jg/2130777list.html

Orbit, is the path one object takes around another object. ... the shape of the moon changes in relation to it's location to the Earth and Sun. ... Asteroid, is a rock that revolves around the Sun. ... A large object that orbits a star is called a, planet.

www.qrg.northwestern.edu/projects/vss/docs/space-environment/2-how-asteroids-orbit.html

The asteroids are orbiting the Sun, each one traveling around the Sun fast ... Some scientists believe that the asteroid belt was made when a planet that was ... how far they are from the Sun (semi major axis) and what the shape of their orbit is.

en.wikibooks.org/wiki/General_Astronomy/Kepler%27s_Laws

3.1 Mars' Orbital Period; 3.2 An Unknown Asteroid's Orbital Semi-Major Axis ... This shape, according to Kepler, defines the path that a planet takes when it orbits the ... Third Law was used to describe the motions of the planets around the Sun.

curious.astro.cornell.edu/about-us/57-our-solar-system/planets-and-dwarf-planets/orbits/244-why-do-planets-have-elliptical-orbits-beginner

Jan 31, 2016 ... You can see how this corresponds to an elliptical orbit, and how a planet orbiting the Sun behaves in the same way. (Of course, planets have ...

curious.astro.cornell.edu/about-us/57-our-solar-system/planets-and-dwarf-planets/orbits/243-why-do-the-planets-orbit-the-sun-beginner

Jan 31, 2016 ... But the gravity of the Sun alters its course, causing it to travel around the Sun, in a shape very near to a circle. This is a little hard to visualize, ...

www.space.com/56-our-solar-system-facts-formation-and-discovery.html

Jan 22, 2016 ... Planets orbit the sun in oval-shaped paths called ellipses, with the sun slightly ... Asteroids are minor planets, and scientists estimate there are more than ... When a comet's orbit takes it close to the sun, some of the ice in its ...

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/edexcel_pre_2011/space/planetsstarsandgalaxiesrev2.shtml

Comets are balls of ice and dust in orbit around the Sun. The orbits of comets are different from those of planets - they are elliptical. A comet's orbit takes it very ...

earthsky.org/space/what-is-the-ecliptic

Jan 27, 2017 ... The ecliptic is an imaginary line that marks the path of the sun. ... the moon and planets and asteroids wander, the Zodiac constellations live. ... As Earth flys around the sun at 67,000 m.p.h. (108,000 kilometers m.p.h.), the ...