About

The project used data collected from NASA's exoplanetary database (exoplanets.org/). The positions of each star that the planet circles was laid out onto a star wheel based on the extrapolated data. Then constellations were also added to the star wheel to help locate the planets relative tomajor constellations. The chart itself is based on a 37 degrees, northern hemisphere star map.

Starting with the data, we calculated where in the sky the star is located. We then labled each planet as one of 4 types of planets, whos legend appears on the top layer of the wheel.

The data was laid out onto the celestial wheel pattern and then engraved with a laser. Each layer was fitting to the one above it so that all the layers eventually had moving, yet interlocking wheels.

As shown the the photo above, the completed project holds the data like a typical planisphere would. The planets were assigned a variation of shading to decern each planet type, with planets orbits were illustrated stylistically (not to scale) around their respective stars.