Extrasolar Planets

Video Visualization of Kepler Exoplanet Data

10 Feb , 2011 by Video

This is really nifty: a visualization of the 1,235 exoplanet candidates observed by Kepler in the recently released data, created by Jer Thorp. In the video, all the candidates are shown as if orbiting a single star – just for the purposes of comparisons. The size of the colored dot is proportional to the size of the planet, and two of the most promising candidates for habitability are highlighted (KOI 326.01 and KOI 314.02).

You can see more visualizations on Boing Boing, Jer Thorp’s Vimeo site, and Ian Musgrave on Astroblog has some other links to visualizations and other things done with the Kepler data.


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Nancy Atkinson is currently Universe Today's Contributing Editor. Previously she served as UT's Senior Editor and lead writer, and has worked with Astronomy Cast and 365 Days of Astronomy. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

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February 10, 2011 12:08 PM

Lookin’ good.
Just a quick question, is the orbit in real time?

February 11, 2011 9:44 AM

I doubt that’s in real time but that was definitely a very cool visualization.