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 Celestia, 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 Stellarium (Free, Open Source), Universe Sandbox (Paid), Gaia Sky (Free, Open Source) and Cosmonium (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Apr 28, 2021

      • FreeOpen Source
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      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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      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.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      • FreeOpen Source
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      • PortableApps.com
      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. It is being used in planetarium projectors. Just set your coordinates and go.
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      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.
      I want to explore other Earth-like planets and it only seems to let you look at the night sky.
      Top negative comment  over 4 years ago

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      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.
      Negative comment 7 months ago

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      It isn't a 3D exploration tool.
      Negative comment 10 months ago

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      is not like space engine u cant explore other planets surfaces
      Negative comment 11 months ago

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      You can't explore space like in Space Engine
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

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    1. Universe Sandbox is an interactive space simulator for Windows based PCs.
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      Universe Sandbox vs Space Engine opinions
      Most users think Universe Sandbox is a great alternative to Space Engine.
      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.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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    2. Gaia Sky is a real-time, 3D, astronomy visualisation software that runs on Windows, Linux and OS X.
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      • FreeOpen Source
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      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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      • FreemiumProprietary
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      • Wine
      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.

      Discontinued

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

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