This artist's concept illustrates the two Saturn-sized planets discovered by NASA's Kepler mission. The star system is oriented edge-on, as seen by Kepler, such that both planets cross in front, or transit, their star, named Kepler-9.
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Worlds on the Edge (Artist's Concept)

This artist's concept illustrates the two Saturn-sized planets discovered by NASA's Kepler mission. The star system is oriented edge-on, as seen by Kepler, such that both planets cross in front, or transit, their star, named Kepler-9. This is the first star system found to have multiple transiting planets.

Image details

ID#:
PIA13351

Date added:
2010-08-26

Target:
NGC 6791

Mission:
Kepler

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Image credit:
NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech