Exoplanets: Turning a Static Visualization Into an Interactive

Exoplanets: Turning a Static Visualization Into an Interactive

Static infographics can be great for telling a story. They show the important information all laid out for a viewer to see at a glance. But sometimes, an interactive infographic can do an even better job: interactives can get the main point across at one glance, and augment the main plot with additional data that can help strengthen the story.

Last Week, Randall Munroe of the ever-popular xkcd, posted a new comic showing all 786 known planets drawn to scale as circles of varying size and color. The visualization is simple and effective, making the point that many planets are quite similar to planets found in our own solar system, and that advances in astronomy technology will likely lead to many more discoveries, like finding what types of environments these planets have.

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  Romy Misra is the Director of Analytics at Visual.ly.

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