If you are into astronomy

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  1. Father

    Father The Boss Staff Member Administrator Moderator

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    I'm quite a fan of astronomy so I picked this up on Steam.

    Save 10% on Universe Sandbox on Steam

    The stuff you can do is really good fun, lets add a sun to our solar system or put Jupiter near the earth, double the mass of the moon, the possibilities are kinda endless.

    So if you have any fascination with space type stuff this is very entertaining and educational at the same time!
     
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    spiritwalker Mechwarrior Online Captain

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    Yes me and my wife were having a blast also on it as she is a fan also of astronomy.

    We played around with making what if Jupiter was an actual star. Very interesting how it became attracted to the sun and started orbiting each other.

    A few planets got thrown out of the solar system like Mercury and Venus. Alot more can be done in this besides what I have mentioned.Very amusing and I also highly recommend this simulation tool.
     
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    MadMax Well-Known Member

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    Nice find. Picked it up. Currently reading "A short history of nearly everything" which talks about the history of scientists over the years, in all the main disciplines, including astronomy, geology, mathematics, physics, chemistry etc. Good read, and makes you realise just how little we know about our own world, and how much is just theories, many of which proved incorrect later on.
     
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    astrospud Sandpit Raker for Toy Box Captain

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    Great little program, considering the scale of physics involved. Cranking up some sliders, especially involving dust tends to render a slide show on my machine, but on current gaming rigs, it should fly.
    Not since Celestia have I seen such nice visuals. A brilliant educational tool for physics teachers as well.
     
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    astrospud Sandpit Raker for Toy Box Captain

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    Forgot to mention, I played around with some Community generated simulations of extra solar planets, and surprisingly, a couple of these planets' orbits entered (albeit briefly) the habitable zones of the host star. This feature - habitable zone - is going to give a great visual tool on determining potential H-congruous moons of gas giants, of which there seems to be hundreds now found. Very cool.
     
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    Dalienx Well-Known Member

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    Can you have a black hole drift into the solar system? that would be cool.
     
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    Thermal Ions Retired Captain

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    When I saw it had steam achievements I figured that would definitely be one of them, alas they're rather lacking in creativity, although admitedly there are a couple there which don't have descriptions.


    So can you Dx?

     
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    Dalienx Well-Known Member

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    Not sure yet, the is an add object section which includes galaxys, stars and even soccar balls, but i cant see black holes yet. Need to fiddle more.
     
  9. Father

    Father The Boss Staff Member Administrator Moderator

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    You can add black holes but they are not under add objects, you can change an existing body to a BH by using the properties on the right, dunno which one top of my head.

    Haven't done much with it but when I tried it the BH was the size of the solar system basically, 167 million suns or something. So yeah the concept sounds like a lot of fun but doesn't seem to be quite practical, need a mini bh :p
     
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    Ebonytears Queen of the Abyss Staff Member Moderator

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    This..could be alot of fun. Will have to do some fiddling around later today.
     
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    When adjusting an object you can lock a stat and just play with the others, for example you can lock the diameter of the moon and then increase it's mass/density. That way you can make a small black hole or more likely a neutron star.

    Personally I was a fan of blowing up Jupitar and seeing the effect on the Solar System.

    Great little buy for $8.
     
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    Ebonytears Queen of the Abyss Staff Member Moderator

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    Is there a way to change the projected path of a comet?

    Edit: found it...really need to look more before posting lol

    I need an 'undo last action' button rofl!!

    Seriously..this is fun.
     
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    Purg Well-Known Member

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    Neat little simulator - if the right kind of community embraces it and publishes some simulations it could offer some nice insight. I wasn't aware that Uranus had so many moons, for example.

    I actually loved watching the Voyager mission simulations, especially since Voyager I has pretty much reached interstellar space. The fact that we can still communicate with it and the distance it has reached using tech from 30+ years ago blows my mind.
     
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    there's a limited free version of this on the devs website for those that want to just have a pre play...

    Universe Sandbox | buy
     
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    Thermal Ions Retired Captain

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    I've no excuse for not giving it a quick look now I guess. Thanks SJ.
     
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    mindspat Well-Known Member

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    I'm a fan of the millenium project and just stumbled upon the Steam sale today, prior to this thread even!

    I enjoyed watching the LevyShoemaker9 smash into Jupiter. What I question is if the points of impact are accurate or not?
     
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    Picked this up on special a few days ago, bit disappointed at the moment, wanted to play around making my own solar systems, but found it near impossible to get anything orbiting right. When I had a play with some of the included simulations I found even there, things very rabidly went pair shaped without any intervention by me.
     
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    Are you sure this is a game and not some sneaky way to edumacate us;)
     
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    Would it make any difference if it was?

    A fun experience is just that.
     
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