Solar System: A 3D Illustration

The desktop version of this website contains a simple Solar System illustration that is somewhat similar to the one illustrated below. The desktop version of the Solar System can be viewed "here". The desktop version of the Solar System represents a showcase of the Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) web technology. In tandem with the release of HTML version 5, advances have been made in the development of WebGL technology. This page depicts a WebGL rendition of the Solar System. Like SVG, WebGL is another way to draw and display sophisticated, feature-rich, advanced, and animated graphical presentations via the web browser.

Solar System

Solar System Animation Credit—Program Developer Tony Parisi, WebGL Up and Running. (Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly Media, 2012), Pages 31 - 65. ISBN: 978-1-449-32357-8.

NOTE: The above Solar System display is for illustrative purposes only. Planet orbits and sizes are not precise. Your browser must be WebGL-ready to display the above Solar System animation. If your computing device does not display the animated version of the above Solar System display, then several factors might be at work. CLICK HERE to troubleshoot the problem. Sometimes the problem is caused by an incompatible graphics card, and other times the problem is caused by an incompatible web browser. This page (namely, the animated 3D Solar System above) and other pages on this mobile website and on the related desktop website do render properly when using the Firefox, SeaMonkey, and Chrome web browsers coupled with a compatible graphics card.

Another, more sophisticated Solar System simulation can be viewed at the following link:

Watch (NASA 360 Presents: Stories of the Solar System)

Watch (National Geographic Live! - Solar System Exploration: 50 Years and Counting)