Have you always wondered what is beyond the Solar System? NASA shows you this virtual tour


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Houston, we have news! NASA has launched the Exoplanet Travel Bureau tool , an interactive website that allows us to undertake a virtual journey through six exoplanets.

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Your first travel guide … to space

Exo … what? An exoplanet or extrasolar planet is one that orbits around a star other than the Sun and therefore does not belong to the Solar System.

Most exoplanets share material characteristics with planets that orbit the sun. Some are gaseous like Saturn and Jupiter, while others are rocky like Earth and Mars.

Vista del planeta Kepler 186f

View of the planet Kepler-186f © NASA

In 1995 the existence of an exoplanet was confirmed for the first time and since then, the number of exoplanets discovered has not stopped increasing.

A recent statistical estimate places, on average, at least one planet around each star in the galaxy, which means that approximately one trillion planets exist only in our galaxy, many of them the size of the Earth.
"Right now we know, for the first time, that small planets are very common, " says Sara Seager, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a pioneer in exoplanet research. "It's phenomenal. We had no way of knowing that before Kepler, " he concludes.

NASA's relentless search for habitable planets and life beyond our Solar System led to the development of the Exoplanet Exploration Program, whose mission is to chart a strategy for their research.

Imagen de un exoplaneta

Exoplanets are those that orbit outside the Solar System © NASA

Through the Exoplanet Travel Bureau, visitors can explore inhospitable and alien places with interactive 360-degree visualizations.

Now, the web warns that these images are an artistic impression based on limited data and that there are no real photographs of these planets.

Among the six destinations to discover is Kepler-16b, the first discovered exoplanet that orbits a system composed of two stars. As in Tatooine in Star Wars, the two 'suns' are seen on the horizon at the same time.

Are you a night owl by nature? Then, your perfect vacation awaits you at PSO J318.5-22, "where the night never ends".

Kepler 16b

Kepler-16b, the first discovered exoplanet that orbits around a binary system © NASA

You can also snoop around Kepler-186f, where "the grass is always redder on the other side." This is the poster that we find on the web, as a tourist poster.

It is a humorous explanation that comes to say that on this planet the right conditions for life could occur .

"Because Kepler-186f and most of the planets discovered by Kepler are so distant, it is currently impossible to detect their atmospheres, if they exist, or characterize their atmospheric properties, " says Martin Still, a scientist at the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite program (TESS)

"Consequently, we have limited knowledge about how these distant worlds really are, but these surface visualizations allow us to imagine some of the possibilities, " Still explains.

Kepler 186f

Kepler-186f, where the grass is always redder on the other side © NASA

In addition, you can download your favorite poster in screensaver format or to print! Right now, you can explore three of the exoplanets and download posters of the six.

If you always dreamed of going to infinity and beyond, click here and let the adventure begin!

PSO J318.5-22

PSO J318.5-22, where the night never ends © NASA

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Your first travel guide … to space