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Universe Sandbox

Videogame programmer Dan Dixon has created an interactive space simulator which lets you play dice with the universe. Even better, it’s free.

Smash planets together, introduce rogue stars, and build new worlds from spinning discs of debris. Fire a moon into a planet or destroy everything you’ve created with a super massive black hole.

You can simulate and interact with:

  • Our solar system: the 8 planets,160+ moons, and hundereds of asteroids

  • Nearest 1000 stars to our Sun

  • Our local group of galaxies

  • An unlimited number of fictional scenarios

This would be a great educational tool for teaching kids about astrophysics. Or just use it to smash asteroids into planets. You know you want to.

Link (via Daily Grail)

Posted in Computers & Internet, Space July 11th, 2008 by Chip
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