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See what every star system Kepler's found looks like compared to ours

See all 1,700 exoplanets we currently know about
See what every star system Kepler's found looks like compared to ours
Andrew Tarantola
Andrew Tarantola|@terrortola|December 2, 2015 3:58 AM
Since its launch in 2009, the Kepler spacecraft has discovered more than 1700 planets in some 685 star systems. This slick animation from YouTuber Ethan Kruse shows every one of them with their orbits synchronized and drawn to scale. The planets themselves aren't exactly to spec -- I mean, just look at how small Jupiter is -- but that's only so that the smaller exoplanets aren't completely crowded out. Kruse reportedly employed the open source Kepler Orrery code to create the animation.
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See what every star system Kepler's found looks like compared to ours