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Planets Everywhere

Planets Everywhere

NASA, ESA, and M. Kornmesser (ESO)

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.

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.

Most NASA images are in the public domain. Reuse of this image is governed by NASA's image use policy.

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