Spinning Worlds: Orrery of Kepler’s Exoplanets, Part IV
The past few years, Daniel Fabrycky from the Kepler spacecraft science team has put together some terrific orrery-type visualization of all the multiple-planet systems discovered by the Kepler spacecraft. An orrery, as you probably know, is a a mechanical model of a solar system, and the metal or plastic ones available these days usually show the relative positions and motions of our own Sun, Earth, Moon and other planets.
However, the Kepler version of the orreries that have been created are video visualizations of the planetary systems discovered by the Kepler mission that have more than one transiting object. This latest version was created by astronomy graduate student Ethan Kruse and it shows all of the Kepler multi-planet systems (1705 planets in 685 systems as of November 24, 2015) on the same scale as our own Solar System (the dashed lines on the right side of the video).
Read the rest of Spinning Worlds: Orrery of Kepler’s Exoplanets, Part IV (149 words)