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Kepler Orrery II

Posted 4/2/2012 12:04 AM by Ka Chun Yu | Comments

Last year, a couple of animations showing solar system candidates from Kepler were posted to Youtube. The sequel is now back! Created by Daniel Fabrycky from the Kepler science team, here are all of the planetary system candidates with more than one planetary companion orbiting the parent star. There are 361 solar systems total, with 885 planet candidates.

Again the size of the orbits are scaled to one another.  The size of the planets are correctly scaled relative to each other but not to the sizes of the orbits.  The colors of the planets correspond to the number of objects found transiting around each star: yellow are the outermost of two planets systems, green are the outermost of 3-planets, light blue are of 4-planet, dark blue of 5-planet, and purple of 6-planet systems.

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