Goldilocks: A Visualization of Potentially Habitable Worlds

Post date: Dec 17, 2015 8:12:30 AM

Goldilocks ( is an interactive space data visualization providing new ways to see & learn about the planets that fall within the “Circumstellar Habitable Zone (CHZ),” also known as the “Goldilocks Zone.” These are the planets that are believed to have the basic required conditions to support possible life.

Commissioned by, and created for, Visualized, the creative data visualization conference which took place in New York in October 2015, Goldilocks was designed by Data Experience Designer, Jan Willem Tulp with guidance from members of the European Space Agency (ESA) & American History Museum's Earth & Planetary Science Division.

Using publicly available data from Planetary Habitability Laboratory (PHL), located at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo, the concept was to create a fun, engaging new way to experience and compare the planets that could potentially hold life.

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About Visualized: web: | twitter: @visualized

Visualized hosts creative data visualization conferences around the world, bringing together the most innovative minds that are changing the way we communicate, understand, and interact with data. The Visualized annual flagship conference takes place in October in New York City.

About TULP interactive: web: | twitter: @JanWillemTulp

TULP interactive is an award winning Data Experience Design studio, run by Jan Willem Tulp. TULP interactive helps organizations by creating data visualizations that communicate and find insights in data. TULP interactive works for clients such as Scientific American, Nature, Unicef, UNESCO, World Economic Forum and Amsterdam Airport.

Source: Press Release from TULP Interactive (December 17, 2015)

Additional Notes About the Visualizations

    • More information about potentially habitable worlds is available in the Habitable Exoplanets Catalog.

    • The PHL's Exoplanet Catalog has all the data from the visualizations.

    • The shown Earth Similarity Index tab is only based on observed quantities (i.e. stellar flux, and mass or radius).

    • The expected Composition and Atmosphere tab is based on modeled quantities since there are not actual measurements of the bulk composition and atmosphere properties for most exoplanets. This gives a general sense of those planets that are more likely to have a composition and atmosphere suitable for life (i.e. potential for surface liquid water).

    • A general mass-radius relationship was used to visualize together data from both transit and RV measurements.

    • For additional comments on the science data or visualization contact Prof. Abel Méndez.