You are here

Kepler-22b map poster

Submitted by Kevin Jardine on 8 December, 2011 - 08:04

Hundreds of new visitors have arrived at Galaxy Map over the past few days looking for a map showing the location of the newly discovered Earth-like planet Kepler-22b and its G5V class parent star Kepler-22. I've never seen this kind of response to a news story before - usually traffic spikes are caused by other sites like Astronomy Picture of the Day linking to Galaxy Map. In this case the traffic spike has come from hundreds of people independently searching for a map.

To meet the demand, I've created a poster derived from several Galaxy Map resources.

The poster is here:

The poster is based on these resources:

Interactive map of the Gould Belt region:

Basic plan of the Milky Way:

Milky Way Explorer:

On the Gould Belt region map, red balls are HII regions of ionised molecular hydrogen gas, green balls are dusty molecular clouds, orange circles are star clusters and the small dots are extremely bright stars (typically supergiants or O and B class hot stars).