Solar System 3D Gravitator is an accurate 3D simulator of the solar system allowing the user to view the solar system from any angle in the past and in the future. Any solar system planet, asteroid or comet is accurately accounted for, using up-to-date orbital data. The future is modelled using Newton's law of universal gravitation. This means you can for example predict the encounters between 99942 Apophis and the Earth in 2029.
But that is not all: You can also create imaginary objects and investigate which effect they have to the other planets. For example, what would happen if the Sun suddenly became a binary star with a smaller dwarf star? Would the Earth lose the Moon? Try it and find out!
The above works within a virtual circle that extends from top to bottom of the graphics window. To rotate around the screen axis (pointing inwards), use the areas in the corners and drag 'tangentally' around the centre of the screen.
After downloading asteroids and comet orbit data, use the next button on the toolbar to manage objects. There you can add asteroids and comets by selecting the ones you want and press Apply. You can also use the more advanced 'Add Single Object' where you can pick high precision objects from the NASA/JPL Small-Body Database browser and get the detailed orbital elements. Obviously, you can also edit these values directly to create imaginary objects. These values are saed to small XML files for later use, or exchange with other users of the program. An example XML file is the Planetary_Nemesis.xml, it will create quite interesting effects if you simulate with it! Use the 'Restore..' button on the 'Add Single Object' tab to simulate with it.
Linux : Unrestricted. Purchasing a licence is voluntary and optional.
Windows: 30 day free trial. After that a licence must be purchased to continue.
|For OS distro
|Debian Linux 2.6
|.deb 32bit i386
|Built with Kubuntu 8.04