Amazing image: Kepler’s transiting exoplanets

Mar 30, 2011 By Nancy Atkinson
Visualization of Kepler's planet candidates shown in transit with their parent stars. Credit: Jason Rowe/Kepler Mission/NASA

Wow. This remarkable visualization shows every Kepler planetary candidate host star with its transiting companion in silhouette. Jason Rowe from the Kepler science team created the image, and the sizes of the stars and transiting companions are properly scaled.

For reference, Rowe has included the Sun with a transiting Earth and (below the top row on the right by itself.) The largest star is 6.1 times larger that the Sun and the smallest stars are estimated to be only 0.3 times the radius of the . On his Flickr page, Rowe says the colors of the stars represent how the eye would see the star outside of the Earths atmosphere.

“Stars have been properly limb darkened and the companions have been offset relative to one another to match the modeled impact parameter. Some stars will even show more than one planet!” he writes.

For more information and high resolution versions of the image, see Jason Rowe’s Flickr page. This image is featured on today’s (March 29, 2011) Astronomy Picture of the Day.

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GSwift7
5 / 5 (1) Mar 30, 2011
That is really cool. That would make a really good wall hanging for an office or man-cave.
scidog
not rated yet Mar 31, 2011
and this is just what they have come up with so far,it's not an end of the program sum up!
Beard
not rated yet Apr 02, 2011
You can see it at the proper resolution here:

www.edugeek.net/f...ets.html

It might be hard to load at full size.