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Space Engine Alternatives for Linux

Space Engine is not available for Linux but there are some alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is Stellarium, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to Space Engine and six of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Space Engine are Celestia, Universe Sandbox, Gaia Sky and Cosmonium.

Space Engine alternatives are mainly Star Maps but may also be Open World Games or Role-playing Games. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Space Engine.
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  1. Stellarium icon

    Stellarium

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • PortableApps.com
    54 alternatives to Stellarium 

    Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.

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    1.  PortableStellarium can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
      The dance of the planets above ESO headquarters, near Munich.
      Constellation lines & art are available for multiple cultures
      Stellarium vs Space Engine opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Stellarium is still a legitimate alternative to Space Engine, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      Guest

      I want to explore other Earth-like planets and it only seems to let you look at the night sky.

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      guiltypixel

      Not an alternative. Stellarium is a planetarium application.

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      Guest

      These don't do the same thing, Stellarium simulates the real sky as seen from Earth, Space Engine simulates interstellar travel, including real but also procedurally generated bodies.

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      Guest

      It isn't a 3D exploration tool.

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      Guest

      is not like space engine u cant explore other planets surfaces

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      Guest

      You can't explore space like in Space Engine

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      Celestia

      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • PortableApps.com
      26 alternatives to Celestia 

      Celestia is an application for real-time 3D visualization of space, with a detailed model of the solar system, over 100,000 stars, more than 10,000 galaxies, and an extension mechanism for adding more objects.

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      1.  PortableCelestia can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
        The orbits of a number of main belt asteroids (in brown) plotted together with major planet orbits (in blue).
        A closeup of the space shuttle Discovery in orbit over Florida; this shot demonstrates Celestia's virtual texture feature for extremely high resolution mapping of planets.
        The 1989 flyby of Neptune by Voyager 2--last stop before leaving the solar system.
        Celestia vs Space Engine opinions
        Most users think Celestia is a great alternative to Space Engine.
        msharvey

        It has lower system requirements and works well on older hardware.

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        Universe Sandbox

        • Mac
        • Windows
        • Linux
        • Steam
        13 alternatives to Universe Sandbox 

        Universe Sandbox is an interactive space simulator for Windows based PCs.

        Unlike most astronomy software that just shows you what the sky looks like or where the planets are, Universe Sandbox is a powerful gravity simulator. You can add another star to our solar system and watch.

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        Most users think Universe Sandbox is a great alternative to Space Engine.
        Guest

        it's different enough to warrant buying over space engine, but similar enough where its okay for a comparison. It doesn't look as nice, but it actually has a proper physics engine.

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        Gaia Sky

        • Mac
        • Windows
        • Linux
        42 alternatives to Gaia Sky 

        Gaia Sky is a real-time, 3D, astronomy visualisation software that runs on Windows, Linux and OS X. It is developed in the framework of ESA's Gaia mission to chart about 1 billion stars of our Galaxy in the Gaia group of the Astronomisches Rechen-Institut (ZAH...

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        Cosmonium

        • Mac
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        • Linux
        10 alternatives to Cosmonium 

        Cosmonium is a 3D astronomy and space exploration program. With Cosmonium you can navigate in our solar system and discover all the planets and their moons.

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        Io transiting over Jupiter


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        WinStars

        • Windows
        • Linux
        • Wine
        19 alternatives to WinStars 

        WinStars uses the latest 3D technology to show the objects of our solar system in a realistic manner. Thus, it is possible to move from one planet to another, to follow a space probe on its long voyage or to observe a celestial event from a place to which you could never go.

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        Discontinued

        The author has announced they will stop publish the application publicly: https://twitter.com/winstars_eng/status/1449451772871802881

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