Enter the period of orbit (years) into the Orbital Distance Calculator. The calculator will evaluate and display the Orbital Distance. 

Orbital Distance Formula

The following formula is used to calculate the Orbital Distance. 

D = (P^2)^1/3

  • Where D is the Orbital Distance (AU)
  • P is the period of orbit (years) 

How to Calculate Orbital Distance?

The following example problems outline how to calculate Orbital Distance.

Example Problem #1:

  1. First, determine the period of orbit (years). 
    • The period of orbit (years) is given as: 50.
  2. Finally, calculate the Orbital Distance using the equation above: 

D = (P^2)^1/3

The values given above are inserted into the equation below and the solution is calculated:

D = (50^2)^(1/3) = 13.572 (AU)

Example Problem #2: 

For this problem, the variables needed are provided below:

period of orbit (years) = 70

This example problem is a test of your knowledge on the subject. Use the calculator above to check your answer. 

D = (P^2)^1/3 = ?