Week in Geek - Visualizing Kepler
My weekly post for The Rachel Maddow Show.
Week in Geek: Visualizing Kepler edition
NASA’s Kepler Mission is the gift that keeps on giving. The mission launched in 2009 and has found well over 1000 exoplanets (planets around stars other than our own) to date.
These planets come in all shapes and sizes and most have orbits drastically different from the planets in our Solar System. Many different artists and scientists have come up with ways to try and visualize all the planetary systems we’ve discovered to date, but as you might expect, it’s quite a challenge to try and show thousands of planets orbiting hundreds of stars all in one graphic.
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Read the full article here.