Wednesday, July 22, 2009
This image shows the proportions of the orbit of the Earth and Venus (if the diameter the Earth's orbit is equal to diagonal of a square, the orbit of Venus would fit inside such square as shown on the drawing.
The image below has been made by hand with help of computer software for drafting. First, let's draw a square and two circles so one fits inside a square and the other outside the square. Strangely this represents accurately proportions of the orbits of Venus and Earth.
Second, let's draw equally spaced points on each circle representing number of days per orbit (365 points for the orbit of the Earth and 225 points for the orbit of Venus). Next, let's connected lines between orbital positions of each planet for each day - picking for the starting point a day when both planets are closest to each other. After repeating this process for 8 orbits of the Earth the lines form this amazing image:
This image (to scale) shows dance of Venus and Earth - each of the fine lines connects both planets over time required to complete 8 orbits by Earth (and 13 orbits by Venus). Orbit of Earth is cropped out.
I'm not going to pretend like I understand what I've been reading...but it's really something, wouldn't you agree? Start here: