Solar Model

The Solar Model is realtime modeling of solar system. It allows user to navigate in space, to control time counting (speed-up time flow) and estimate real movement of space bodies like planets, dwarf planets and moons; estimate its nowadays positions in space. You may select two possible views: Solar System view or Milky Way galaxy view. It also allows user to bind camera to space objects (for example, you can look from Moon on Earth in real time flow). Solar Model renders beautiful 3D space environment.

Application has some very useful features. Some of them are: Galaxy feature that able to render Milky Way galaxy and Ruler feature that draws orbits of a planets and their projections on the Sun. As Solar Model uses own related-sizes system, which only shows what planet on which place from the Sun, how planets moves and rotates; user cannot estimate real proportions of the bodies, because real proportions will simply make all planets difficult to find in the dark space, the Sun would occupy too much place while comparing it with any other planet.

Solar Model 2.1 equipped with new feature -- Measurer, which allows you to compare and measure size of the Sun and planets in real proportions and their distance to each other.

Solar Model is able to use OpenGL and DirectX renderers. You may choose what renderer to use and many other options in appropriate dialog of the application.

System Requirements

In order to run Solar Model your system must satisfy following minimal hardware and software configuration:

  • 256 Mb RAM
  • 10 Mb free disk space
  • Intel Pentium III 800 MHz
  • OpenGL 1.2 or Direct3D8 compatible video card
  • Microsoft Windows 98/NT/2000/XP/Vista
Note: Also you may use Solar Model under Linux. Please read Downloads sections for details.

Solar Model uses Irrlicht for rendering. You may found some information about this realtime 3D engine in our Links section or directly at Irrlicht home site.

If you are looking for Solar Model' project page please visit it here.

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