Orrery of Kepler’s Exoplanets

Article written: 22 Feb , 2011
Updated: 19 Jan , 2016

Here’s a terrific visualization of all the multiple-planet systems discovered by the Kepler spacecraft as of February 2, 2011. The planets’ orbits go through the entire 3.5 year mission. The different colors represent different sized planets — “hot” colors are the big planets, cooler colors are the smaller ones, relative to the other planets in the system.

And the creator (dfabrycky ) also put together another visualization of just the small systems, too:


5 Responses

  1. HeadAroundU says

    Lol, great video with perfectly fitting music.

    there is one funny looking system top left in the 2nd video.

  2. Manu says

    This is so cool! =)

  3. Member
    Aqua says

    Now that’s ‘trick’! The music a kick!I like!

  4. Navneeth says

    If size is being differentiated with colour, why the unnatural (visual) size, then?

  5. Astrofiend says

    Well played sir.

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