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Kepler's third law states that the square of the period of revolution ... of a planet is proportional to the cube of the semimajor axis ... of the planet's elliptical orbit around the Sun. In symbols, ... or ... . The constant ... can be taken as 1 for simplicity, equivalent to measuring ... in years and ... in astronomical units. In this Demonstration the ellipses have different eccentricities; the value of ... is chosen to equal 5, so that the period is equal to ... .
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