Speed of Planet Transits: Quick Reference

Here’s a quick reference for transits. Degrees and times are approximate, but are enough to give a rough idea of how fast various celestial bodies move. Speeds provided are from geocentric perspective. (“Minutes” here are 1/60 of a degree.)

Speed per Day Time in Sign Time through Zodiac

Sun's Glyph

Sun

1 degree 1 month 1 year

Moon's Glyph

Moon

13 1/2 degrees 2 1/4 days 27 – 28 days

Mercury's Glyph

Mercury

1 degree 1 month 1 year

Venus's Glyph

Venus

1 degree 1 month 1 year

Mars's Glyph

Mars

1/2 degree 2 months a little under 2 years

Jupiter's Glyph

Jupiter

about 5 minutes
(< 1 degree)
1 year 12 years

Saturn's Glyph

Saturn

about 2 minutes 2 1/2 years 29 1/2 years

Uranus Glyph

Uranus

about 1 minute 7 years 84 years

Neptune Glyph

Neptune

< 1 minute 14 years 165 years

Pluto Glyph

Pluto

< 1 minute 21 years 248 years

Comments

  1. I would find it easier if you would outline in a way that shows how many days it takes to move a degree per planet (I’m pretty new to this stuff). So for example, instead of pluto < than 1 minute, how many actual days does it take to move a degree? Thanks!

  2. George Philip says

    I am sorry, but Jupiter does not move at 5 degrees per day. That would be 5 times faster than Mercury. I didn’t check the others, but this error really stood out.

    • Ah, thanks for pointing that out. Jupiter and beyond should have specified minutes, not degrees. Each of them are less than a degree a day, of course, or it would make it round the wheel a year or less. Corrected now!

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