NASA offers a virtual trip to six exoplanets


NASA has just launched an interactive tool for people around the world to explore how they could see six exoplanets of the more than three thousand that the space agency has discovered.


In it you can explore an imagined surface of the six outer planets in our solar systems, through 360-degree interactive visualizations. As the surface of each planet is investigated, fascinating features are discovered, such as the blood red sky of TRAPPIST-1d, or a hypothetical moon of the huge planet Kepler-16b, which seems larger than either of the two suns on the planet.

The view from the surface of each planet is an artistic impression based on the limited data available; because there are no real photos of these planets.

The last planet that presents this 360-fold surface visualization is Kepler-186f, a planet the size of Earth that orbits a much cooler and redder star than the Sun. Scientists do not know if Kepler-186f has an atmosphere, but with NASA’s visualization tool, you can see how the presence or absence of an atmosphere would change the view of the sky from the surface of the planet. Exoplanets with “Kepler” in their names were discovered by NASA’s Kepler space telescope.