If all of Kepler’s exoplanets orbited one star, this is what it would look like

Artist’s conception of Kepler-22b, an exoplanet which is less than two and half times the size of Earth and orbits in the habitable zone of its star. Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech

As the number of exoplanets being found by the Kepler space telescope continues to grow into the thousands, it can start to feel overwhelming (in a good way though). So many worlds found so far, and many more, probably millions, waiting to be discovered.

The Kepler planetary candidates are of a wide variety, orbiting different kinds of stars. Some are large gas giants like Jupiter or Saturn, and others are small and rocky, like Earth. The most current observations now suggest that they are common in the universe, maybe even outnumbering the stars themselves.

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