What Is the Relationship Between Distance From the Sun and Period of Revolution?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 31, 2020 5:47:17 PM ET

Kepler’s third law exhibits the relationships between the distance of a planet from the sun and the period of its revolution. Kepler’s third law is also sometimes referred to as the law of harmonies.


Kepler’s third law compares the orbital period and the radius of an orbit of a planet to the distance of the planet to the sun. It states mathematically that the more distant a planet is from the sun the greater its orbital period will be. The period of revolution of a planet is measured in days, weeks, months or years. For example, Earth’s period of revolution is 365 days.