What is it all about
Universe Sandbox ² is Newton’s dream come true: a virtual planetarium on your own computer!
Experiment with planetary size and gravitational forces with sophisticated simulations. Observe cause and effect: what happens if two galaxies collide or or an asteroid crashes into Earth? Don’t forget about the ecological effects either! Advanced atmosphere simulations measure and mirror a wide range of variables from greenhouse gases to magnetic fields, and your choices shape surface conditions on dynamically generated planets. Simulate extraplanetary systems with breathtaking accuracy. All of this packed into an approachable, easy-to-use game.
Universe Sandbox ² is suited for demonstrating natural phenomena, and it works well as a laboratory for celestial experimentation. The program simulates stellar evolution, material composition, and even the climates of planets. You can observe how collisions shape planetary surfaces, followed by shockwaves and fragmentation. As a sandbox game, it’s an excellent tool to spark interest in STEM-subjects.
The game supports virtual reality with the HTC Vive, and its virtual planetarium offers breathtaking and humbling visuals. The VR mode includes multiple scenarios, from observing the Shoemaker-Levy comet’s collision with Jupiter to searching for the 9th planet.
Universe Sandbox ² is compliant with number of educational standards ranging from Common Core Science & Technical Subjects (RST.6-8.3) to Next Generation Science Standards and ISTE Standards promoting creativity and critical thinking.
Ideas for classes
Home use: Experiment with celestial and gravitational phenomena on your own!
Elementary school: Explore our solar system and examine the effects of gravity
Junior high school: Delve into the reasons for and solutions to climate change
High school: Experiment with the n-body problem
Higher education: Investigate earth-like exoplanets and terraforming models
Understand how solar systems are balanced and how easily that balance is disturbed.
What would happen if the Moon collided with Earth and why?
Follow the outcomes of RCP models of greenhouse gases affecting Earth.
Examine the n-body problem of predicting the movements of groups of celestial objects.
Introduce students to the gravitational constant of the universe.
|Operating system||Windows XP+, Mac OS X 10.7+, Ubuntu 12.04+, SteamOS+|
|Processor||Minimum 1.6GHz dual core. Recommended 2.6 GHZ quad-core.|
|Memory||Minimum 1GB RAM. Recommended 4GB RAM.|
|Graphics||Minimum 512MB Video Memory with Shader Model 3.0. Recommended 1GB Video Memory.|
|DirectX||DirectX9.0c (Windows) or OpenGL (Mac, Linux).|
|Storage||1GB free disk space|
|Additional Info||Universe Sandbox ² VR officially supports the HTC Vive. For VR system requirements, see HTC's recommendations.|
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