Nearly 2,000 exoplanets have been discovered at last check1 and while the kinks in getting to them haven’t been worked out, we can drool over recently issued travel posters. The three below were produced by NASA, the American fantasy art studio that also dabbles in space travel, and the one above is from the Swedish publisher Peow.
NASA has also just released the largest photo ever taken — at 1.5 billion pixels — which shows a good chunk of our neighbor, the Andromeda galaxy. You would need 600 HD screens taped together to display the full thing, but fortunately NASA has also provided a page where you can pan and zoom around it. You can zoom all the way in, but even with this high resolution you still won’t see any space aliens or even their planets. Just stars, stars, stars. Thus, the need for the illustrations above.
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- An up-to-date count is kept at Exoplanet.eu