The newly released NASA posters have a vintage horror film look just in time for Halloween, highlighting exoplanets in a series called the Galaxy of Horrors.
The posters, created in collaboration with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) scientists and artists, are designed to inform about various exoplanets discovered outside of our galaxy. The colorful posters can be downloaded for free.
"In practice, the posters are an input to many people," said Gary Blackwood, manager of the Exoplanet Exploration Program, in a press release. "They make the science of exoplanets cool, and this opens up the opportunity for many members of the public ̵
There's even a fake Galaxy of Horrors trailer that goes with retro posters that explain exoplanets.
A poster titled "Rain of Terror," a piece about the exoplanet's atmosphere, filled with hard sand and glass winds and described by NASA as a "hellish landscape." ,
The other poster titled "Zombie Worlds" deals with PSR B1257 + 12, the remnants of a former star that is not yet dead and is orbited by three exoplanets. The dead star produces such intense radiation that it is visible in its galaxy.
The posters show that exoplanets have more than Earth-like planets. The exoplanets, which harbor treacherous conditions, are still equally important discoveries.
"People are often most interested in finding exoplanets that resemble Earth or possibly support life as we know it," said Thalia Rivera, an outreach specialist at JPL, who led the development of the new poster series headed. "But there are so many other amazing, mysterious planets that are completely different from Earth and that show us how diverse planets can be and develop. My favorite thing about exoplanets is how extreme they can become! "
NASA has confirmed the existence of more than 4,000 planets outside our solar system, such as the recently discovered Earth-like K2-18b exoplanet. The sheer number of exoplanets is impressive, but even more so given that we did not find any exoplanets before 1992.