Print Out This NASA Exoplanet Travel Poster and Transport Yourself to a Whole New World

Thursday, 06 August 2015 - 12:51PM
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Thursday, 06 August 2015 - 12:51PM
NASA's Exoplanet Travel Bureau captivated space lovers around the world earlier this year, providing retro travel posters for some of the many newly discovered exoplanets in our galaxy. Combining that sense of 1950's wanderlust with a retro-futuristic look, the posters - a few of which you can see below- have us yearning for the years when sci-fi was all about optimism rather than bleak outlooks and dystopias. 

Now, the team at NASA's Exoplanet Travel Bureau (it's not actually a real department, but we wish it was), has released a new poster featuring the exoplanet PSO J318.5-22. What makes this particular planet special enough for its own poster you ask? PSO J318.5-22 is what astronomers call a 'Rogue Planet', meaning it doesn't actually have a host star. That led the team behind the posters to concoct the idea of a planetary party town where "The Nightlife Never Ends".

Better yet, NASA have made all of their other exoplanet travel posters available in hi-res poster printable format. 
Click here for a hi-res version

Here's what the NASA had to say about the muse for this latest travel poster:
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Discovered in October 2013 using direct imaging, PSO J318.5-22 belongs to a special class of planets called rogue, or free-floating, planets. Wandering alone in the galaxy, they do not orbit a parent star. Not much is known about how these planets come to exist, but scientists theorize that they may be either failed stars or planets ejected from very young systems after an encounter with another planet. These rogue planets glow faintly from the heat of their formation. Once they cool down, they will be dancing in the dark.
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Finally, here are the other posters from earlier in the series:

For more information on these posters and their exoplanets, visit NASA's Exoplanet Travel Bureau.
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