Planets everywhere (artist’s impression)

This artists’s cartoon view gives an impression of how common planets are around the stars in the Milky Way. The planets, their orbits and their host stars are all vastly magnified compared to their real separations. A six-year search that surveyed millions of stars using the microlensing technique concluded that planets around stars are the rule rather than the exception. The average number of planets per star is greater than one.

Credit:

ESO/M. Kornmesser

About the Image

Id:eso1204a
Type:Artwork
Release date:11 January 2012, 19:00
Related releases:eso1204
Size:3621 x 2392 px

About the Object

Name:Exoplanets, Milky Way
Type:Milky Way : Planet
Milky Way : Cosmology
Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System
Category:Exoplanets
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