3D Planets

3D Planets


I developed this app for my children to help illustrate how the planets in our solar system move. I thought that I would share it so that others might be able to benefit from it as well.. I hope it is helpful.

Fly through the Solar System in 3D. Educational. The planets are all relatively scaled based on actual size, orientation, revolutionary speed and angle, rotational speed and angle, and distance from the sun. (Distance and size scales are different though. Otherwise it would be too difficult to find the planets.)

By popular demand, I have added the Dwarf Planets!

Controls:
On the left side of the screen, touch screen to set the center of the virtual joystick. Then, slide finger up and down for forward and reverse movement. Slide finger side-to-side for turning left and right.
On the right side of the screen, touch time adjustment buttons to speed-up or slow-down time (or even make time go backwards).

Updates to follow.

Wikipedia source for base pictures that were used to render texture images.

Programming by Steven Richardson with Game Maker Studio

Recent changes:
v1.0.5 Ceres, Haumea, Makemake, and Eris have also been added!

v1.0.4 Added a first-person perspective from the cockpit of a spaceship.
(Cockpit drawn with Spider Draw app)
Added the ability to shoot the planets to enlarge or shrink them.
Pluto has been added! See if you can find it.

v1.0.3 Now you can fly in autopilot mode to any of the planets!

v1.0.2 Modified controls for smoother movement
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About 3D Planets
I developed this app for my children to help illustrate how the planets in our solar system move. I thought that I would share it so that others might be able to benefit from it as well.. I hope it is helpful.

Fly through the Solar System in 3D. Educational. The planets are all relatively scaled based on actual size, orientation, revolutionary speed and angle, rotational speed and angle, and distance from the sun. (Distance and size scales are different though. Otherwise it would be too difficult to find the planets.)

By popular demand, I have added the Dwarf Planets!

Controls:
On the left side of the screen, touch screen to set the center of the virtual joystick. Then, slide finger up and down for forward and reverse movement. Slide finger side-to-side for turning left and right.
On the right side of the screen, touch time adjustment buttons to speed-up or slow-down time (or even make time go backwards).

Updates to follow.

Wikipedia source for base pictures that were used to render texture images.

Programming by Steven Richardson with Game Maker Studio

Recent changes:
v1.0.5 Ceres, Haumea, Makemake, and Eris have also been added!

v1.0.4 Added a first-person perspective from the cockpit of a spaceship.
(Cockpit drawn with Spider Draw app)
Added the ability to shoot the planets to enlarge or shrink them.
Pluto has been added! See if you can find it.

v1.0.3 Now you can fly in autopilot mode to any of the planets!

v1.0.2 Modified controls for smoother movement
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A Google User
Aug 14, 2014
Its very good app Its worth downloading pls download it
A Google User
Aug 7, 2014
Terrible
A Google User
Aug 5, 2014
Great job No special permissions and quality designing.
A Google User
Jun 19, 2014
Wow! Hey man! Awesome work!!! Keep on going with making apps!
A Google User
Jun 5, 2014
This is fun, I am a major space geek, and this is just great to play around with. Good job