Jul 20, 2023

OpenGL Solar System simulator for X Window System

This program draws the Solar System’s bodies in simulated 3-dimensionality. You can view all the planets, their moons and a few spaceships in motion, trace them, follow them, orbit them, and even control them.

OpenUniverse was formerly known as Solar System Simulator Ssystem. It was initially released in 1997 with the intent of creating a rotating display of the Earth on a mainstream PC. Ssystem version 1.0 was only aware of the planets. Version 1.2 added moons; and 1.6, more means of movement and better textures.

The program has been renamed OpenUniverse 1.0 to underline the concept behind its further development openness for the whole Universe, not just the solar system – open for anyone to use, extend, and change.

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