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Space Engine Alternatives for Windows

There are many alternatives to Space Engine for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best Windows 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 15 are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows 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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  1. Stellarium icon

    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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    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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    No Man's Sky

    • Windows
    • Steam
    • GOG.com
    • Playstation
    • Xbox

    No Man's Sky is an action-adventure survival video game developed and published by the indie studio Hello Games.

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    No Man's Sky vs Space Engine opinions
    This alternative is disputed. No Man's Sky is still a legitimate alternative to Space Engine, but it might have issues that some users think are important.

    You can explore all the planets you want and the concept is very similar to Space Engine, albeit unrealistic (no gas giants, no tidally locked planets etc. it's more "fantasy" than Space Engine).

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    Starfield

    • Windows
    • Steam
    • Xbox

    Starfield is the first new universe in 25 years from Bethesda Game Studios, the award-winning creators of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Fallout 4. In this next generation role-playing game set amongst the stars, embark on an epic journey to answer humanity’s greatest mystery.

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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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    Orbiter

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    Orbiter is a realistic 3D real-time space flight simulator program.

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    Mitaka

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    Mitaka is software for visualizing the known Universe with up-to-date observational data and theoretical models. Mitaka users can seamlessly navigate through space, from the Earth to the edges of the known Universe.

    Earth's day side
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