Interactive visualisations

The discovery of exoplanets

Here are pedagogical visualisations about one part of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics. There is a 3-minute long video to show in the classroom and an interactive visualisation tool with a teacher’s guide. The visualisation tool can be used as a teacher-led lesson, or as an in-depth assignment for individual students. The visualisation tool can be paused and the teacher or the student can add notes in the slideshow with the drawing tool.


These visualisations are part of the Nobel Prize Lesson – Physics Prize 2019.

The discovery of exoplanets

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2019 are awarded ”for contributions to our understanding of the evolution of the universe and Earth’s place in the cosmos”. One half of the prize was awarded to Michael Mayor and Didier Queloz for the first discovery of a planet orbiting a solar-type star outside our solar system. These type of planets are called exoplanets.


Interactive visualisation

Teacher’s guide (PDF 200 Kb)



Practical information:

The interactive visualisations work in most web browsers except for Internet Explorer. Click ”Full screen” in the upper-right corner to open the visualisations in full screen.

Both teachers and students can use any screen-recording program to create your own digital stories. The interactive visualisation can be paused and you, or your students, can add notes and comments in the slideshow using the drawing tool in the upper-right corner.

In-depth reading about the Nobel Prize in Physics 2019

Press release for the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics
Popular information for the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics


To cite this section
MLA style: Interactive visualisations. Nobel Media AB 2020. Fri. 18 Sep 2020. <>