Orbit of Pluto Distance from Pluto to the sun is at perihelion and at aphelion. Use Exercise to find the eccentricity of Pluto’s orbit.
The eccentricity of Pluto’s orbit.
The distance from Pluto to the sun is at perihelion and at aphelion.
Pluto moves around the sun in elliptical orbit so we can use the relations in and eliminate from the two relations and then solve for .
The distance from the sun at perihelion, .
The distance from the sun at aphelion, .
Dividing the above two equations we get:
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