Want to take a trip through space and see what it would be like to spend a bit of time on alien worlds? Well, now you can (sort of). The below video is a tour of 1,774 extrasolar planets in some 1,080 star systems. The video comes from Tom Hands, a graduate student at the University of Leicester in England. Hands made the video as a way of supplementing his Ph.D. research in astrophysics. To create the video, he used data from the Open Exoplanet Catalog

Hands describes the project by asserting that, “I wanted to demonstrate the vast range of different time-scales on which exoplanets orbit their host stars, from things which orbit at many times the separation of the Earth and Sun over many hundreds of years, right down to planets which orbit so close to their star that they complete each orbit in just a few hours.I find it fascinating just how much these exoplanetary systems differ from our own system in scale.”

The first systems seen in the video contain planets that take hundreds or even thousands of years to orbit their stars, by the end of the video, they take mere hours or days. Ultimately, Hands asserts that this video is, “designed to give the viewer an overview of the current distribution of exoplanets.”


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