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RF Cafe began life in 1996 as "RF Tools" in an AOL screen name web space totaling
2 MB. Its primary purpose was to provide me with ready access to commonly needed
formulas and reference material while performing my work as an RF system and circuit
design engineer. The World Wide Web (Internet) was largely an unknown entity at
the time and bandwidth was a scarce commodity. Dial-up modems blazed along at 14.4 kbps
while typing up your telephone line, and a nice lady's voice announced "You've Got
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The Solar System
|The relative orbits of our sun and nine (er... make than eight planets, plus the
former planet , Pluto) planets is shown here. There is an asteroid belt that lies midway between the orbits of
Mars and Jupiter. Pluto, Ceres and Eris are known formally as minor planes because their sizes do not qualify them
are full-fledged planets. Pluto was demoted from its planet status by the
IAU in 2006.
All of the planets lie within a few degrees of the "ecliptic plane," as can be seen in the
image below. All planets except Uranus have their axis of spin oriented relatively perpendicular to the ecliptic
plane. Uranus' spin axis lies roughly in its direction of its orbital path around the sun.
me if you would like a higher resolution version for your project or report.
* : inclination to ecliptic (Earth's orbital plane)
** : Mass relative to earth
(-) : retrograde
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