Skip to comments.Size Comparisons of Kepler Planets
Posted on 06/18/2012 3:44:53 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Comparative sizes of planets discovered by Kepler.
Jupiter, Neptune and Earth are shown for comparison as well.
"RE" in the diagram means size relative to Earth or RE = Radius of the planet in Earth radii.
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The black dots moons? This is amazing we can view these planets. what are the color distinctions mean? Earth is mostly bluish green i see that is about the color of the earth.
Habitable zone gallery. shows the various star’s presumed habitable zones with the orbital paths of the planets.
Kepler Mission Planet Candidates.
Click on the image above to get highest res image 10,000x10,000 pixels, 9.1 Mb.
Using the prolific planet hunting Kepler spacecraft, astronomers have discovered 2.321 planet candidates orbiting other suns since the Kepler mission’s search for Earth-like worlds began in 2009. To find them, Kepler monitors a rich star field to identify planetary transits by the slight dimming of starlight caused by a planet crossing the face of its parent star. In this remarkable illustration created by Jason Rowe of NASA’s Kepler Science Team, all of Kepler’s planet candidates are shown in transit with their parent stars ordered by size from top left to bottom right. Simulated stellar disks and the silhouettes of transiting planets are all shown at the same relative scale, with saturated star colors. Of course, some stars show more than one planet in transit, but you may have to examine the picture at high resolution to spot them all. For reference, the Sun is shown at the same scale, by itself below the top row on the right. In silhouette against the Sun’s disk, both Jupiter and Earth are in transit.
The habitable zone gallery has some cool features. Little short movies of the various planets showing their estimated surface temperatures throughout their orbits.
Wow! Lookit all the boobies! I’m in Vegas!
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Thanks guys very nice
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