Accurate orbits of the 5 biggest satellites of Neptune

I’m working on techniques to get accurate orbits for planetary satellites as 3d models. Given the variety, Neptune seemed like a good test subject!

Note the highly inclined (retrograde) orbit of Triton, shown in White, and the distant, wildly eccentric Nereid shown in red.
I used colours so as to be easily able to identify which is which, but I’m wondering if it might be more visually appealing to have them all the same colour.

It might also be a good subject for an anaglyph 3d rendering.

The video is in 4k / UHD format, so best viewed full screen.

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Nick Stevens

I studied astronomy at University College London, but failed to get my degree. For many years pre-internet, I ran the bulletin board "Starbase 1", which is why you will frequently see me referring to myself as that! I was on the board of the IAAA. I operate exclusively in digital formats using many different software packages. Most often Lightwave 3d, Vue, Gaea, and Affinity Photo. I also enjoy oddball graphics packages like Xenodream, Amberlight, and others.

I'm particularly interested in the early Soviet space program, and I have served as a consultant on that subject.

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