# Orbits of planets in ecliptic coordinates

Is it possible to get the ecliptic coordinates of orbits of planets for a specific date and time? Does the ephemeris data of planets help in constructing that? Any help on this would be helpful. I would like to get the planetary orbit data that I can plot in a map.

• Converting from RA & declination to ecliptic latitude and longitude is simple spherical trigonometry. See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celestial_coordinate_system for the relevant formulae. Nov 25 '19 at 21:17
• Answers to Where can I find/visualize planets/stars/moons/etc positions? may be helpful. The two I find most helpful are the Python package Skyfield andJPL's [Horizons website..
– uhoh
Nov 25 '19 at 23:35
• If you are interested at all in using or learning Python then Skyfield works simply and nicely and can convert to ecliptic coordinates. If you'd like to try Horozons here's a tutorial and here's how to convert to ecliptic coordinates. Are either of these methods something that you'd like to try?
– uhoh
Nov 25 '19 at 23:42
• @uhoh i know a bit of python, but will i be able to construct the orbit from the ephemeris data? Nov 26 '19 at 1:37
• @uhoh actually i want to plot the orbit of planets on the earth for a given time and date, for that i need latitude and longitude correct? if we see a position of planet what we get is a single point , from that i cannot construct the orbit of it. please apologise if my question is wrong Nov 26 '19 at 4:32