Space Engine, universe simulator

Are you obsessed with the universe? Can’t get tired of reading awesome quotes of Carl Sagan? Are you a fan of Stephen Hawking and Neil deGrasse Tyson? Did you consider on applying to that one way ticket to Mars thing? Then Space Engine is for you.

Just a couple of months ago, a friend of mine from work (who is an outer space fanatic like me) told me about the existence of a program/game called Space Engine.

Basically, you get to fly around the universe, or at least parts of it…

There is a huge database of stars and planets and good graphics considering it only weights ~800 mb.

And as if traveling at 100 megaparsecs per second through the universe wasn’t enough, Space Engine has done a really good job with the background music too. It’s an evolving never ending track of awesomeness that changes to what you do in your journey. It’s somewhat similar to the music you can hear in Groove Salad station of SomaFM, mixed with atmospherical pads… you have to hear it for yourself.

I can’t get enough of this program. I knew that there were billions of star systems like our own out there, but now after the experience of flying through the universe I don’t think anybody can deny that life has a big chance to exist outside our dear planet Earth.

So, if you are also waiting for a breakthrough discovery in astronomy regarding alien life and new solar systems like our own, you can ease your anxiety with this universe simulator. Download the software for free from their website (english version) http://en.spaceengine.org/

Keep your eyes open for updates at their blog. (imagine this + oculus rift!).

milky-way

The home to every star we see in the night sky with our own eyes: The Milky Way.

 Great view of east Asia, the pacific ocean and the center of the Milky Way on the background.

Sunset-view-in-KELT-1b

Sunset from planet Kelt 1b, too close to its star.

luna-desert-cold-cv-cold-gas-giant

Cold desert moon with unicellular life, orbiting a cold gas giant.

¬†Planet RS 1186… Cool desert with life (organic multicellular terrestrial) – according to the software. (It will generate life elsewhere according to the mediocrity principle)

planetas-gemelos-orbitando-barycenter-en-sistema-binario

Twin planets orbiting bynary system.

cold-ice-giant-with-life

Some of the features the program has are very useful, like the orbit display for example. In this photo, a cold ice giant with unicellular life.

cold-desert-proxima-centauri

Beatiful sunset from a cold desert planet orbiting the nearest star to our sun; Proxima Centauri.

auroras-boreales-rojas-y-verdes

Red and green aurora borealis with the sun coming through the gases of this cold gas giant.

sunset-en-kepler-69-c

Another alien view of a distant sun, this time, Kepler-69 c.

I hope you enjoyed this post and even more, flying the universe. Feel free to comment what you think and maybe share your awesome findings!

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
CPU 2 GHz 3 GHz
RAM 2 GB 4 GB
Video 512 MB 1024 MB
OpenGL 3.3 3.3
OS Windows XP Windows 7