The NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory offer you to create your own planet, orbiting the star of your own choice.

How to create your planet

To become a planet creator, just head toward the Extreme Planet Makeover website. Using the options given at the bottom of the screen, you only have to handle five attributes.

They are:

  • Distance from star
  • Planet size
  • Star type (F, G or M, from the hottest to the coldest; the Sun for example, is class G)
  • Planet age
  • Presets (3 possibilities: the Earth, Mars or the exoplanet Gliese 581d)

Once all the parameters are set, you will be able to download a picture (jpg) of your planet by clicking on the camera icon.

When hovering your newly created planet, you will be able to display a pop-up window describing the environment on your planet (I will let you find out for yourself the different possibilities!)

Understanding the exoplanets

The options are of course limited, but they allow to discover what kind of exoplanets we have discovered so far, and what kinds of planets are expected to be found.

A Planet Gallery is also available: creations by other internet users are displayed, allowing you to compare them with your planet.

The Extreme Planet Makeover project is a creation of the Virtual Planetary Laboratory.

An example of exoplanet created with Extreme Planet Makeover

You might also like:

Antimatter produced by thunderstorms
Top Ten Astronomy Pictures of 2010
Opportunity: 7 years on Mars