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Universe Sandbox Alternatives

Universe Sandbox is described as *'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 powerful gravity simulator. You can add another star to our solar system and watch'* and is an app in the education & reference category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Universe Sandbox for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iPhone. The best alternative is Celestia, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Universe Sandbox are Space Engine, Cosmonium, Kerbal Space Program and Orbiter.

Universe Sandbox alternatives are mainly Star Maps but may also be Simulation Gamess or Exploration Games. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Universe Sandbox.
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Universe Sandbox is an interactive space simulator for Windows based PCs.

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    Celestia

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
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    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.
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      Some users think Celestia is a great alternative to Universe Sandbox, some don't.
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      you cannot use as a sandbox and you cannot do your own simulations

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      You cannot do anything with Celestia like you can with Universe Sandbox.

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      it just shows the universe but can not minipulate it

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      Space Engine

      • Windows
      21 alternatives to Space Engine 

      Space Engine - a real-time 3D space simulator, procedural universe generator and visualiser. It lets you explore the universe in three dimensions, starting from planet Earth to the most distant galaxies.

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


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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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      Per its own description (our solar system) it is not a sandbox like Universe Sandbox

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      Kerbal Space Program

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      7 alternatives to Kerbal Space Program 

      Create and manage your own space program, build and fly spacecraft, and try to conquer space.

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      More or less physically accurate orbital mechanics
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      brucelgrubb

      Per its own description this allows you to create your own space program not play around with a universe. Not related to Universe Sandbox.

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      Orbiter

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      10 alternatives to Orbiter 

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

      Fed up with space games that insult your intelligence and violate every law of physics? Orbiter is a simulator that gives you an idea what space flight really feels like - today and in the not so distant future.

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      Mitaka

      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      22 alternatives to Mitaka 

      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.

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      Earth's day side
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      Pioneer

      • Windows
      • Linux
      14 alternatives to Pioneer 

      Pioneer is a space adventure game set in the Milky Way galaxy at the turn of the 31st century. The game is open-ended, and you are free to explore the millions of star systems in the game. You can land on planets, slingshot past gas giants, and burn yourself to a crisp flying...

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      Mars and Phobos (no shaders)
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      Digital Universe Atlas

      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      12 alternatives to Digital Universe Atlas 

      The Digital Universe Atlas incorporates data from dozens of organizations worldwide to create the most complete and accurate 3-D atlas of the Universe from the local solar neighbourhood out to the edge of the observable Universe.

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      At the center of the 1 billion light-year grid is the Milky Way and our Sun. Surrounding us are the multi-hued Tully galaxies and the blue sheets of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey that stretch out billions of light-years away.
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      Stars and Planets

      • FreeProprietary
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      46 alternatives to Stars and Planets 

      Warp to distant stars and explore various exoplanets like lava worlds, water worlds, earthlike planets or massive jovians with Stars and Planets planetarium app and astronomy guide. Space is awesome and the universe is at your fingertips!

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      Visit possible earthlike planets
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      Space Simulator

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      • iPhone
      • iPad
      22 alternatives to Space Simulator 

      Space Simulator is a realistic space flight simulator for iOS and Android. It is an open-ended simulation where players can free roam Solar System or reenact historical NASA space program missions.

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