"Planet Hopper" By Cyan Collier
Aimed at school children and non-scientists, Planet Hopper is a prototype web app that makes the Kepler exoplanet data more accessible by displaying it in a visual and fun way, making comparisons with each planet to our own.
By presenting the data in this way, Planet Hopper aims to raise interest in the new discoveries of hundreds of planets orbiting other stars, stimulate questions and encourage debate about what it might be like there, and the plausibility, or otherwise, of life on these planets.
Through a simple interface, you choose a star using the system finder then view its planets. Find out how long it would take to get to there, how old you would be if you were born there there, or how high you could jump if you were standing on the planet’s surface. Perhaps its sun is a strange colour, or much larger in the sky than Earth’s. Go to www.planethopper.co.uk and explore.