Round Round Worlds

20 June 2013

We often talk about discovering exoplanets, or planets around other stars, but simply stating the number of confirmed planets doesn’t really press home the idea that we are discovering entire worlds, and entire solar systems around other stars.

In the video above, all the confirmed systems except for ones confirmed this year are displayed along with their relative sizes and orbits. Obviously the planet scale is different from the orbit scale.

This is an orrery of known solar systems. These are just the ones we’ve discovered in a small patch our our solar system.