HD 149026 b. One of the hottest & blackest planets yet discovered, the temperature on the sunny side is over 2000 degrees Celsius (3700 F), hot enough to melt iron and boil silicon. The opaque upper layers absorb almost all of its star's light, reflecting nothing. This would make the planet blacker than coal, but glowing softly as it radiates heat. (Artist impression, image: NASA/JPL-Caltech) ©Mona Evans "Exotic Exoplanets Tour" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art32334.asp

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In 2011 the first "circumbinary planet" - a planet orbiting two stars- was discovered. While the planet's officially called Kepler 16b, astronomers are already referring to it as Tatooine, after the home planet of Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars movies, which also had two suns. Mona Evans, "Exotic Exoplanets Tour" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art32334.asp

From the Kepler data we're finding new planets all the time. Many are more earthlike in size and some are in the habitable zones of their stars. This doesn't mean there is any kind of life on them. There are many other factors that could make them uninhabitable. Mona Evans, "Searching for Extrasolar Planets", http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art66984.asp

Exoplanets. It *is* an exciting time. This drawing was done in June 2012. By October 2013 there were over 1000 known exoplanets. (Credit: XKCD) Mona Evans, "Searching for Exoplanets" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art66984.asp

Kepler-78b has a year 8-1/2 hours long. Its star is cooler than the Sun, but it's still so close that its surface temperature is 7400 degrees C. At that temperature its surface would be boiling lava. In size it may be up to eight times the size of Earth. (Artwork by ESO/L. Calçada) Mona Evans, "Exotic Exoplanets Tour" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art32334.asp

Planet HAT-P-1b orbits a star in a double star system. (Image credit: David A. Aguilar (CfA)) It's extremely large for its mass. In this picture, both stars are included - one is quite far away. Mona Evans, "Exotic Exoplanets Tour" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art32334.asp

55 Cancri e, the diamond planet. Everything you wanted to know about the diamond planet discovered by Yale researchers, in one handy graphic. (Credit for graphic: Emmanuel Quartey). Mona Evans, "Searching for Extrasolar Planets" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art66984.asp

I like how the artist has used browns and oranges to create a overall piece of coursework and then added blues and purples in to give the image some depth and makes certain things stand out.

2013-10-23. More than 1,000 exoplanets have been confirmed and cataloged. (PHL @ UPR Arecibo) Mona Evans, "Searching for Extrasolar Planets" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art66984.asp

NASA's Messenger Satellite Captures Spectacular Color Mosaic of Mercury

An artist's impression of schoolboy Tom Wagg's planet, WASP-142b, orbiting its star, WASP-142. The planet is depicted as seen from a hypothetical moon. A second, dimmer star is seen in the background. Being 1000 light-years away, the planet is too distant to obtain a direct image. (Picture credit: David A. Hardy) Mona Evans, "Searching for Extrasolar Planets" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art66984.asp