The latest Kepler Orrery video

Nov 07, 2013 by Jason Major, Universe Today

If you've ever wanted to know what 3,538 exoplanets look like spinning around their stars, here you go!

This is the third and latest installment of the mesmerizing Kepler Orrery videos by Daniel Fabrycky from the Kepler science team. It shows the relative sizes of the orbits and planets in the multi-transiting planetary systems discovered by Kepler up to November 2013 (according to the Kepler site, 3,538 candidates so far.) According to Daniel "the colors simply go by order from the star (the most colorful is the 7-planet system KOI-351). The of the Solar System are shown in gray."

Not that our Solar System is boring, of course, but well, ya know… there are an awful lot of planets out there.

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Check out Daniel's previous version here.

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