Inner Solar System Orbit Diagrams
Below are diagrams of the inner solar system on
2016 January 1.
of these diagrams is given at the bottom of this page.
These inner solar system diagrams show the positions of all numbered asteroids
and all numbered comets on 2016 January 1.
The orbits and positions of the planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, and Jupiter
are also shown.
Asteroids are yellow dots and comets are symbolized by sunward-pointing wedges.
The top diagram shows the view from above the ecliptic plane
(the plane containing the Earth's orbit).
The bottom diagram shows the view from the edge of the ecliptic plane.
In both diagrams, the vernal equinox
is to the right along the horizontal axis (+X direction).
Only comets and asteroids in JPL's small-body database
as of 2016 January 1 were used.
Postscript versions of these diagrams:
view from above,
view from the edge.