# Elliptical orbit in vpython

I have the following code. This code is simulation of orbiting objects around other objects, E.g. Solar system. As you run it, the objects orbit in circular trajectory.

``````import math
from vpython import *
lamp = local_light(pos=vector(0,0,0), color=color.yellow)
# Data in units according to the International System of Units
G = 6.67 * math.pow(10,-11)

# Mass of the Earth
ME = 5.973 * math.pow(10,24)
# Mass of the Moon
MM = 7.347 * math.pow(10,22)
# Mass of the Mars
MMa = 6.39 * math.pow(10,23)
# Mass of the Sun
MS = 1.989 * math.pow(10,30)
REM = 384400000
RSE = 149600000000
RMS = 227900000000
# Force Earth-Moon
FEM = G*(ME*MM)/math.pow(REM,2)
# Force Earth-Sun
FES = G*(MS*ME)/math.pow(RSE,2)
# Force Mars-Sun
FEMa = G*(MMa*MS)/math.pow(RMS,2)

# Angular velocity of the Moon with respect to the Earth (rad/s)
wM = math.sqrt(FEM/(MM * REM))
# Velocity v of the Moon (m/s)
vM = wM * REM
print("Angular velocity of the Moon with respect to the Earth: ",wM," rad/s")
print("Velocity v of the Moon: ",vM/1000," km/s")

# Angular velocity of the Earth with respect to the Sun(rad/s)
wE = math.sqrt(FES/(ME * RSE))
# Angular velocity of the Mars with respect to the Sun(rad/s)
wMa = math.sqrt(FEMa/(MMa * RMS))

# Velocity v of the Earth (m/s)
vE = wE * RSE
# Velocity v of the Earth (m/s)
vMa = wMa * RMS
print("Angular velocity of the Earth with respect to the Sun: ",wE," rad/s")
print("Velocity v of the Earth: ",vE/1000," km/s")

# Initial angular position
theta0 = 0

# Position at each time
def positionMoon(t):
theta = theta0 + wM * t
return theta

def positionMars(t):
theta = theta0 + wMa * t
return theta

def positionEarth(t):
theta = theta0 + wE * t
return theta

def fromDaysToS(d):
s = d*24*60*60
return s

def fromStoDays(s):
d = s/60/60/24
return d

def fromDaysToh(d):
h = d * 24
return h

# Graphical parameters
print("\nSimulation Earth-Moon-Sun motion\n")
days = 365
seconds = fromDaysToS(days)
print("Days: ",days)
print("Seconds: ",seconds)

v = vector(384,0,0)
E = sphere(pos = vector(1500,0,0), color = color.blue, radius = 60, make_trail=True)
Ma = sphere(pos = vector(2300,0,0), color = color.orange, radius = 30, make_trail=True)
M = sphere(pos = E.pos + v, color = color.white,radius = 10, make_trail=True)
S = sphere(pos = vector(0,0,0), color = color.yellow, radius=700)

t = 0
thetaTerra1 = 0
dt = 5000
dthetaE = positionEarth(t+dt)- positionEarth(t)
dthetaM = positionMoon(t+dt) - positionMoon(t)
dthetaMa = positionMars(t+dt) - positionMars(t)
print("delta t:",dt,"seconds. Days:",fromStoDays(dt),"hours:",fromDaysToh(fromStoDays(dt)),sep=" ")
print("Variation angular position of the Earth:",dthetaE,"rad/s that's to say",degrees(dthetaE),"degrees",sep=" ")
print("Variation angular position of the Moon:",dthetaM,"rad/s that's to say",degrees(dthetaM),"degrees",sep=" ")

while t < seconds:
rate(500)
thetaEarth = positionEarth(t+dt)- positionEarth(t)
thetaMoon = positionMoon(t+dt) - positionMoon(t)
thetaMars = positionMars(t+dt) - positionMars(t)
# Rotation only around z axis (0,0,1)
E.pos = rotate(E.pos,angle=thetaEarth,axis=vector(0,1,0))
Ma.pos = rotate(Ma.pos,angle=thetaMars,axis=vector(0,1,0))
v = rotate(v,angle=thetaMoon,axis=vector(0,1,0))
M.pos = E.pos + v
t += dt
``````

I am wondering How to change the path of orbit to elliptical? I have tried several ways but I could not manage to find any solution.

Thank you. Thank you