Gigglebit: Visit Kepler-186f today!

12 Jan 2015

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Last week, a team of astronomers gave hope to those who believe we will one day find examples of intelligent life in the universe after the discovery of several planets millions of light years away that could possibly harbour life.

The star of the show – to pardon the pun – was Kepler-442b, one-third larger than Earth, with a 97pc chance of being able to harbour life.

However, last December, US space agency NASA embraced the recurring discoveries of distant planets with its Exoplanet Travel series, which recreated the nostalgia of travel posters during the 1950s, and putting them in a distant future setting.

The three posters created as part of the series cover Kepler-186f, HD 40307g and Kepler-16b, the latter of which orbits two stars which would expect to create a Tatooine-like setting as seen in Star Wars.

All these beautiful images are clickable for their full-sized versions.

All poster images via NASA/JPL-Caltech

Distant planet image via Shutterstock

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic