Orbital map of all known exoplanets

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Orbital map of all known exoplanets

A nice graphic compiling the orbits of all known exoplanets. Interesting to note that all are within ~5.5 AU (Jupiter distance) of their parent star - this must be the cut-off point for the planet causing any detectable star-wobble. And a further filter to our detection is that we're only able to spot planets in systems horizontally-aligned with our own. Considering this, it's all the more amazing that astronomers have found so many.

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http://player.vimeo.com/video/19642643


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