Slovakian Cosmic Curator Creates Amazing Charts of 1,600 Exoplanets

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Infographic poster of exoplanets by Martin Varkic

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Slovakian space enthusiast, writer and graphic artist Martin Varkic has designed two illustrated posters featuring nearly 1,600 exoplanets.

Infographics title Ice and rock worlds And Exoplanet Zoo The culmination of Varkic’s lifelong interest in astronomy.

Despite living in areas with high light pollution, Varjik’s childhood interest in lunar craters, the moons of Jupiter and the phases of Venus sparked his interest in space.

Varjik’s journey from astronomy enthusiast to infographic creator

In 2015, Varkic immersed himself in several books on astronomy, cosmology, space exploration and physics. This knowledge laid the foundation for his ambitious illustrations.

After three years of meticulous work, he published a visual book in 2019 A curious cosmic synthesisDevoting ten pages to extraterrestrials alone.

His fascination with the universe turned into a creative endeavor to visually represent the unknown planets of the universe.

A detailed look at Exoplanet infographics by Varjik

A detailed look at Exoplanet infographics by Varjik
Ice and rock worlds
A detailed look at Exoplanet infographics by Varjik
Exoplanet Zoo

The Ice and rock worlds Varkic’s chart represents more than 1,100 known exoplanets, arranged by the amount of heat they receive from their stars.

His second chart, Exoplanet ZooShows gradual warming of planets from left to right, including 55 Cancri e, the hottest known rocky exoplanet.

The two charts also feature unique exoplanets such as PSR-B1620-26b, the oldest known exoplanet, and WASP-12b, an egg-shaped gas giant due to its proximity to its star.

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Vargic’s method and sources for charting

Vargic spent about 6-7 months creating these charts, simultaneously designing the planetary systems and rendering each planet individually.

He pulled data from three public exoplanet databases: the Extrasolar Planet Encyclopedia, NASA’s Exoplanet Archive, and ExoKioto.

The colors of gas giant exoplanets are based on the Sudarsky scale, which takes into account the various chemicals and temperatures of planetary atmospheres.

High-resolution versions of his infographics can be viewed at

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