Picture of the Day: A Slice of the Billions of Planets in the Milky Way

More

642600main_image_2233_946-710.jpg

In the above artist's illustration, the scale of planets, their host stars, and their orbits have all been dramatically magnified to provide viewers with a sense of something that can get lost in the beautiful images of stars and cosmic dust clouds NASA releases every few days: There are billions of terrestrial planets in our galaxy, the Milky Way. By one recent estimate published in Nature, as many as 10 billion. The average star has more than one planet, and there are thought to be a minimum of 1,500 planets within 50 light years of Earth.

Below, recent Pictures of the Day:

Image: NASA.

Jump to comments
Presented by

Rebecca J. Rosen is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she oversees the Business Channel. She was previously an associate editor at The Wilson Quarterly.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

This Short Film Skewers Hollywood, Probably Predicts Disney's Next Hit

A studio executive concocts an animated blockbuster. Who cares about the story?


Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

A Short Film That Skewers Hollywood

A studio executive concocts an animated blockbuster. Who cares about the story?

Video

In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.

Video

What Is a Sandwich?

We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.

Video

How Will Climate Change Affect Cities?

Urban planners and environmentalists predict the future of city life.

Video

The Inner Life of a Drag Queen

A short documentary about cross-dressing, masculinity, identity, and performance

Video

Let's Talk About Not Smoking

Why does smoking maintain its allure? James Hamblin seeks the wisdom of a cool person.

Writers

Up
Down

More in Technology

Just In