Question

Comet Orbit Halley’s comet has an elliptical orbit, with the sun at one focus. The eccentricity of the orbit is approximately 0.9670.967. The length of the major axis of the orbit is approximately 35.8835.88 astronomical units. (An astronomical unit is about 9393 million miles.)

Use a graphing utility to graph the equation of the orbit.

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Result previous part of this exercise:

x2321.8436+y220.8913=1\frac{x^2}{321.8436}+\frac{y^2}{20.8913}=1

We need to graph the ellipse using a graphing utility.

Note: The commands in this part of the solution are for a TI-84 calculator. If you use a different graphic calculator, then the commands will differ.

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