How far apart are Jupiter and Saturn? How is this distance calculated?

1 Answer
Feb 26, 2016

Varies, with average 1430.9 M km = 9.565 AU


I have used semi-minor axis as the average distance of a planet from the Sun. For small eccentricity, this is nearly semi-major axis a. The eccentricity of Saturn;s orbit is 0.06.
I reiterate that the average distance between any planet and an inner planet is nearly the average distance of the outer planet from the Sun.
The average Sun-Saturn distance = b = 1430.9 M km.
1 AU = b for Earth = 149597870 km.