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Problem 12.5: Could this animation of a planetary orbit depict a physical situation?

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The animation purports to model a solar system. However, the planet shown is not in a circular or an elliptical orbit (position is given in 104 km and time is given in years). Restart.

  1. Could this represent a physical situation?
  2. Why or why not?

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