Space Engine - a simulator

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Space Engine - a simulator

Postby SlyReaper » Sat Sep 01, 2012 2:36 pm UTC

Not really a game, but I thought this would be the best place to post this.

http://en.spaceengine.org/

It's a space simulator. You can fly pretty much anywhere in the universe. You can explore the solar system, which is all based on known data. Or you can fly out to distant galaxies, where stars and planets and moons will be procedurally generated. I've been having a lot of fun with it, and the detail and accuracy is unprecedented in my experience. For example, I found a planet orbiting close to a red dwarf star, and the terrain was coloured in roughly concentric circles centred on the point closest to the star. Exactly what you would expect to see on a planet tidally locked to its sun. I've also noticed distant galaxies appear red until you fly up close to them - that's right, they've implemented redshift. I've also noticed gravitational lensing around neutron stars and black holes.

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If you have any interest at all in astronomy or astrophysics, I strongly suggest you give this a look. It's fantastic.
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Re: Space Engine - a simulator

Postby eSOANEM » Sat Sep 01, 2012 4:48 pm UTC

This sounds awesome. I'm going to download this once the Dr Who episode's finished, it'll give me something new to do with the rest of my holiday :D
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Re: Space Engine - a simulator

Postby Himself » Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:46 am UTC

I'm resurrecting this thread because Space Engine is an awesome program and it has come a long way since the original post.

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Re: Space Engine - a simulator

Postby Peaceful Whale » Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:07 am UTC

This is where nasa gets their space pictures...
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Re: Space Engine - a simulator

Postby Mutex » Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:08 pm UTC

This is where all those lying "photos" that show a not-flat Earth come from.

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Re: Space Engine - a simulator

Postby Yablo » Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:01 am UTC

Himself wrote:I'm resurrecting this thread because Space Engine is an awesome program and it has come a long way since the original post.

Excellent feat of Necromancy! I've been interested in this sort of program ever since I kicked ass in The Halley Project on my dad's state-of-the-art Commodore 64 when I was seven.
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