Build Your Own Solar System

Mike Asbury, Douglas Hamilton, Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), University of Maryland

This Java applet creates a model of a solar system with user-defined data. Users can create a solar system with up to four planets, choosing the star type at the center of the solar system, planet name, size, eccentricity of orbit and distance from the star. This site then calculates these factors to produce a graphic of the solar system with details about each planet such as its atmosphere, temperature, and whether life could exist on its surface.

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Subject: Physics:Astronomy, Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science, Biology:Astrobiology, Physics
Resource Type: Computer Applications, Activities, Audio/Visual:Animations/Video
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12), Middle (6-8)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Planetary Science