The Ecliptic Connection

   There are times when the sky sets up such that it becomes easy to visualize one of the unique relationships that all solar orbiting objects share in common. That is their relationship with the plane of the ecliptic, how they are lined up, more like spread out, across the length of the ecliptic as this animated graphic set for pre-sunrise May 13th shows.
   This is not an equatorial projection of the sky so if you are thinking inclination the graphic will not show the true inclination but rather a line of sight view toward the object. Inclination is the angle above or below the ecliptic for an object orbiting the Sun.

   
   
   

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