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Get set for launch. “Eyes on Exoplanets” will fly you to any planet you wish—as long as it’s far beyond our solar system. This fully rendered 3D universe is scientifically accurate, allowing you to zoom in for a close look at more than 1,000 exotic planets known to orbit distant stars.

With the click of a mouse, you can visit newly discovered gas giants, Earth-sized planets and “super Earths”—rocky like ours, but gargantuan. The program is updated daily with the latest finds from NASA’s Kepler mission and from ground-based observatories around the world as they hunt for planets like our own.

You can instantly find out the time it would take to travel to each planetary system by car, jet plane, bullet train or starship. Use an overlay to compare the orbits of planets in our solar system with those around other stars. Or you can search for planets that might support life by toggling the “habitable zone” display, showing the region around a star where temperatures are right for liquid water.

“Eyes on Exoplanets” is powered by NASA’s Exoplanet Archive, the official database used by professional astronomers engaged in exploring new worlds.

exoplanet: a planet that orbits a star outside our solar system

 


Credits

Producers:
Anya Biferno, Kevin Hussey, Stephen Kulczycki, Michael Greene, Randal Jackson and Alice Wessen.

Technical Director:
Douglas Ellison

Software Engineers:
Erik Boettcher, Viet (Jon) Nguyen, Davit Stepanyan, Daniel Sedlacko, Kristine Nguyen, Stephen Hurley and Kit Petrie

3D Art Director:
Brian Kumanchik

3D Artists:
Christian Lopez, Christopher Garcia and Yina Chang

Exoplanet Data Pipeline Mechanic:
Joshua Rodriguez

Artistic Designers:
Justin Moore, Andrea Boeck and Bergen Moore (Moore Boeck)

Researchers and Technical Writers:
Randal Jackson and Joshua Rodriguez

Exoplanet Data:
NASA Exoplanet Archive, NExScI, NASA Exoplanet Science Institute, California Institute of Technology.


This research has made use of the NASA Exoplanet Archive, which is operated by the California Institute of Technology, under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration under the Exoplanet Exploration Program.

Constellation segments provided by Stellarium.

ZLib compression technology provided by ComponentAce

Copyright 2015, by the California Institute of Technology. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. United States Government Sponsorship acknowledged. Any commercial use must be negotiated with the Office of Technology Transfer at the California Institute of Technology.

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