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September 30, 2013
Click here: http://eyes.nasa.gov/exoplanets to try Eyes on Exoplanets!
Imagine a giant planet so lightweight that it could float in water, a world with two sunsets, or a planet so close to its parent star that its atmosphere is getting boiled away. Now you can tour these and hundreds of other bizarre worlds with a new, state-of-the-art visualization tool created by the same design team who created "Eyes on the Earth" and "Eyes on the Solar System
Available at http://eyes.nasa.gov/exoplanets, "Eyes on Exoplanets" provides a scientifically accurate, fully rendered 3D universe of the 900-plus "exoplanet" discoveries. Exoplanets are planets that orbit stars beyond our sun.
With the click of a mouse, users can now visit hundreds of newly discovered worlds -- gas giants, terrestrials, super-Earths and more. The program is updated daily with the latest findings from NASA's Kepler mission and ground-based observatories around the world as they search for planets like our own.
"’Eyes’ uses data taken directly from NASA's Exoplanet Archive," said Gary Blackwood, manager of NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program. "This new visualization provides a public-friendly gateway to the fast-moving world of exoplanet science."
Eyes on Exoplanets features vital information on hundreds of worlds beyond our Solar System.
"This is our most advanced interactive visualization product to date," said Kevin Hussey, manager of visualization technology at JPL. "This program turns raw numbers and statistical data into a stunning, immersive environment, and is able to keep pace with the onslaught of new discoveries."
Visitors to "Eyes on Exoplanets" 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.
• Search for planets that could support life by toggling the "habitable zone" display, a step that reveals the region around a star where temperatures are right for liquid water.
• View the night sky and see visible stars where exoplanets have been discovered.
• Browse top ten lists of the largest, smallest and weirdest exoplanets, and search for specific exoplanet discoveries.
Currently in a beta version, "Eyes on Exoplanets" is compatible with both PC and Mac computers and is available as both a browser-based and stand-alone format.
NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program is NASA’s headquarters for exoplanet science and mission development and is based at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Data for "Eyes on Exoplanets" are provided by the NASA Exoplanet Archive, which is managed by the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. For more information about exoplanet news, discoveries, and science, visit http://planetquest.jpl.nasa.gov.