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Universe Sandbox 2 (Portable)
« on: October 17, 2017, 01:33:28 pm »



Universe Sandbox is an interactive space and gravity simulator video game and educational software. Using Universe Sandbox, users can see the effects of gravity on objects in the universe and run scale simulations of our Solar System, various galaxies or other simulations, while at the same time interacting and maintaining control over gravity, time, and other objects in the universe, such as moons, planets, asteroids, comets, and black holes.

The original Universe Sandbox was only available for Windows-based PCs, but an updated version, Universe Sandbox 2, was released for Windows, macOS, and Linux in 2017.

Universe Sandbox was designed primarily by Dan Dixon, who worked on the educational project for over fifteen years before launching the full version in May 2008.

Dixon had worked full-time on the project since 2010, founding the company Giant Army the following year. Since then, he has hired six additional designers for the company.


Many simulations are included with Universe Sandbox, both realistic and fictional simulations:

    Our Solar System, which includes the eight planets, five minor planets, 160+ moons, and hundreds of asteroids
    The Andromeda & Milky Way galaxy collision, which will occur in 3.8 to 4.5 billion years
    The 100 largest bodies in our Solar System
    The nearest 1000 stars to our Sun
    The nearest 70 galaxies to the Milky Way
    A visual size comparison of the largest known stars and planets
    The Apophis asteroid passing near Earth in the year 2029
    The comet Shoemaker Levy 9's collision with Jupiter
    2008 KV42, a trans-Neptunian object with a retrograde motion orbit
    Moons converging into a single planet
    The Rho Cancri (55 Cancri) system – a star with five known planets
    The Pioneer and Voyager encounters with Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, & Neptune
    Visual Lagrange points of the Earth and Moon
    Gamma-ray burst locations
    Your own galaxy and star system
    Planets out of asteroids, and stars out of planets

Universe Sandbox 2
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    Dan Dixon
    Christian Herold
    Georg Steinröhder
    Thomas Grønneløv
    Eric Hilton
    Naomi Goldenson
    Chad Jenkins

Initial release    August 24, 2015; 2 years ago (early access)
Stable release    
Alpha 20.0.4 / June 2017
Operating system    Windows, macOS, Linux
Type    Educational software
License    Proprietary commercial software

The team began working on a complete rewrite of Universe Sandbox in 2014. Some of the new features include atmospheres being shown on planets, dynamic and procedurally generated textures on stars and gas giants, a more realistic and graphic collision system, 3D charts in chart mode, simulation of stellar evolution, procedural detail in rings/particles, visualization of black holes, simulation of fluid-like objects (such as gas clouds, nebulae and protoplanetary disks, and planetary collisions) and much more.[4] The team demonstrated many of these features at the Unite 2012 conference.[4]

Key features of Universe Sandbox as of version 2.0:[5]

    Interactive n-body gravity simulator
    Simple tutorial introduction
    Several step-by-step activities included
    All physical quantities are measured in real units: kilograms, meters, seconds, etc.
    User control of the speed of time, gravity and other factors
    Simulation files are editable
    3D Mode for use with red and cyan 3D glasses (anaglyph stereoscopic)
    Support for 3D DLP HD televisions[6][irrelevant citation]
    Multiple color modes to help visualize and differentiate speeds and accelerations
    Two collision modes, bounce and combine
    Scaled ring systems of Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune, and generate rings around bodies
    Particle grids can be used to create 2D computer graphics or 3D computer graphics particle grids, which warps/distort the grids and causes gravitational effects by adding in moving planets or other objects (not in version 2)
    "Line-up/chart" mode option shows a visual size comparison of the stars and planets
    Includes the full sky panoramic view of the Milky Way from Axel Mellinger's photography of the Milky Way
    Can capture high resolution screen shots

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