JPL Orbit Viewer

Has anyone spent any time playing with JPL’s Orbit viewer? I thought that I might try to put it to the test along side the Tychosium and see what the results might be.

I didn’t get that far however because it is rather cumbersome to operate, for instance you can ‘play’ in various increments of time like one month or week. I found that when you do hit play it will move forward in wild jerks of time. I played it momentarily by ‘month’ and it went forward in time more than a decade.

The most interesting thing that I noticed is that if you ‘play’ it, the planets seem to stop and start at random intervals. Maybe it could be written off as a glitchy internet connection but it seems to be pausing planets in their orbits, for some reason.