Soar Through A Swarm of Every Exoplanet Discovered To Date

Tom Hands, a second-year PhD Student in the Theoretical Astrophysics group at the University of Leicester, created this visualization of known exoplanets with data from the Open Exoplanet Catalogue.

Hands says his visualization features all of the all the exoplanets that have been found around single stars, "ordered roughly by semi-major axis of largest orbit," and is "designed to give the viewer an overview of the current distribution of exoplanets." Here it is at 2x speed:

[Tom Hands]

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It blows my mind to know that there was a time in my lifetime that we didn't actually know of any exoplanets. We assumed they existed but we hadn't actually verified it yet. And now after a few years we know of hundreds.