Super Planet Crash – The Ultimate Space Game

Have you ever wondered how different masses in space interact with each other gravitationally and how stable solar systems form? Then you will want to check out the game Super Planet Crash.Super Planet Crash is a planetary-gravity game that originated from an open-source program used by astronomers to detect planets outside of our Solar System. The game is the work of Greg Laughlin Stefano Meschairi at UC Santa Cruz.This fun and addictive game entice users to create planetary systems utilizing several different astronomical bodies, including Earth-like planets, Super-Earths, Ice Giants, Giant Planets, Brown Dwarfs, and Dwarf Stars. How To Play Super Planet Crash The game starts with a single Earth-like planet orbiting a central parent star. The challenge is for players to create a solar system by adding additional masses within a distance of 2 Astronomic Units from the parent star (1 AU is the distance between the Earth and the Sun).The…

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Why Revenge of the Sith is My All Time Favorite Movie

It’s been a long week, so I decided to take a moment to forget about things and enjoy some good old fashion TV. I don’t have cable since TV isn’t my thing, but Amazon Prime is. I turned on my Xbox and immediately flipped through movies and television shows. I grazed a couple of titles, but my interest was apathetic at best. Then, I had a bright idea…I haven’t seen my favorite movie in a while: Star Wars, Revenge of the Sith. As I watched the opening battle scene, I wondered why people hated this film so much? It truly is my FAVORITE movie, not a top-five movie, but my FAVORITE. A friend of mine once said, “ignorance is bliss” when I explained why Revenge of the Sith was my favorite movie. I replied that I imagine it must be a wonderful life not knowing and living with the burden of knowing…

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Space Music: Solarbeat

As a former graphic designer, I have always loved interactive projects. That's why I was ecstatic when I found the interactive musical project created by Luke Twyman and Whitevinyl!SolarBeat features musical chords using the real orbital frequencies of the eight planets along with the dwarf planets Ceres and Pluto. The tunes can be adjusted to add more echo, flutter, and bass. Along with these adjustments, scale and speed can be adjusted as well. So the next time you're bored or have some free time play some Solar System tunes.Since the planetary orbital frequencies are real, the interactive project can serve as an education piece for young students wanting to understand the differences in time each planet takes to orbit the Sun.Luke Twyman is a talented interactive designer, photographer, web developer, singer, and musician based out of Brighton, UK. He's the man behind Neverest Songs (not to be mistaken for the Canadian band) and some…

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Solar Republic – Year of the Sun Playlist

The Solar Republic - Year of the Sun playlist is my humble opinion, one of the best space playlists you'll find online. The playlist was inspired by the card game Solar Republic, based on the planets, moons, and Sun of our Solar System. The playlist includes contemporary trip-hop, indie, and NASA soundbites. Perfect for capturing the essence of interplanetary travel as a here and now proposition, not some futuristic fantasy.Coming from a lifelong space lover, I always found much to be desired with most playlists. They were almost always overly orchestral or presented excessive electronic music. "Space" or the thought of the place just outside of our atmosphere has always been portrayed as a far away, distant and alien place where only robots and computers could thrive. We see this with "Space ambiance" playlists on Youtube or with one Google search of "Space Music, " and you'll get big names such…

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