Kepler’s Eggs

keplersunsplanets_rowe_smallThe exo-planet hunting craft Kepler has found 1235 candidate planets orbiting other suns so far. The APOD site has a lovely composition by Jason Rowe showing representations of all of those suns with the spots on them that represent the planet transiting in front of them (that’s how they are found by Kepler). They are all nicely done to the correct relative scale. It’s quite lovely. Higher resolution here, and more information here. Oh! And one of them (in that row by itself) is our own sun, with Earth and Jupiter in transit, just to set the scale.

Oh, the title? A friend of mine brought some quail eggs to a culinary gathering I had a few weeks ago. I’m reminded of them a bit!

-cvj

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