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Space Engine Alternatives for Mac

Space Engine is not available for Mac but there are some alternatives that runs on macOS with similar functionality. The best Mac 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 Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Space Engine are Celestia, Universe Sandbox, Solar System Scope and Gaia Sky.

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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    Stellarium

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • 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.

    The dance of the planets above ESO headquarters, near Munich.
    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.

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    guiltypixel

    Not an alternative. Stellarium is a planetarium application.

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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.

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    It isn't a 3D exploration tool.

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    is not like space engine u cant explore other planets surfaces

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    You can't explore space like in Space Engine

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    Celestia

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • PortableApps.com

    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.

    The orbits of a number of main belt asteroids (in brown) plotted together with major planet orbits (in blue).
    Celestia vs Space Engine opinions
    Most users think Celestia is a great alternative to Space Engine.
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    It has lower system requirements and works well on older hardware.

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    Universe Sandbox

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Steam

    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.

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    Solar System Scope

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad

    3D simulation of the Solar System and night sky - real time virtual orrery and observatory

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    Solar System Scope vs Space Engine opinions
    Most users think Solar System Scope is a great alternative to Space Engine.

    You have to pay to use it on computer

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    You can explore the Solar System

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    Gaia Sky

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Gaia Sky is a real-time, 3D, astronomy visualisation software that runs on Windows, Linux and OS X.

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    Cosmonium

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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.

    Io transiting over Jupiter
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