Path Shape of Venus Over Time
Name: Peter C.
I was recently reading a popular fictional novel and it
said that if one were to track Venus' transit through the night sky, it
would seem as though it would form the shape of a 5 pointed star through
course of eight years. I would like to know if this is true.
Have you seen a Spirograph drawing toy (or the applet)?
You could use this to explain how it is possible for any orbit to define a
track such as a five-pointed star by showing the ellipsoidal path. I do not
know if Venus actually tracks that way, but I do not think it should be
Greg (Roberto Gregorius)
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