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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Planets Everywhere

Filed under art, extrasolar planets

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Planets Everywhere This artist's illustration gives an impression of how common planets are around the stars in the Milky Way. The planets, their orbits, and their host stars are all vastly magnified compared to their real separations.

NASA, ESA, and M. Kornmesser (ESO)

This illustration was produced for a press release about a Nature paper that inferred that the Milky Way galaxy contans at least 100 billion planets.

 

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Comments:

Bob Ware: 01/07/2013 08:30 CST

I know the planet total count to date is huge but to visually see it ... (the image blows up nicely) Thanks!

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