First of all I *really* suck at geometry, but want to create a little program that displays planets rotating around in dynamically generated star systems.
I need to plot a planets coordinates in 3D space at any given time based on a few factors...
-OV: Planetary orbit velocity (how fast it moves around its star)
-OE: Orbital Eccentricity (how much its orbits is off the "Y" axis, ie up and down)
-HP: Direction of the "highest" point in its orbit
-FP: Direction of farthest point of its orbit
-AP: Distance of its farthest point of its orbit (aphelion)
-PE: Distance of its closest point of its orbit (perihelion)
-TIME: Time in seconds based on its initial position, to determine how far its moved
I'm sure this is all a pretty simple formula for somebody who understands objects moving around circles and ovals and such, but I can't find *anything* on the net or at Barns & Nobels that is helping me
If you can't help but know a good place to point me I'd be very appreciative.