A full-featured, high precision solar system simulator that calculates the gravitational interactions between all astronomical bodies, so that the motions of asteroids and comets are accurately simulated. Superb interactive 3D viewing is included.
Version: 4.2.2AstroGrav is a full-featured, high precision solar system simulator that calculates the gravitational interactions between all astronomical bodies, so that the motions of asteroids and comets are simulated much more accurately than with planetarium applications. The effects of general relativity and radiation pressure can be taken into account, and superb interactive 3D viewing allows you to easily rotate and zoom your view while the solar system evolves.
License: Free To Try $59.00
Operating System: Mac OS X
The AstroGrav software has a huge range of features and viewing options, including views from space or any object, planetarium-style views from any location on Earth, multiple views animated simultaneously, dynamically calculated orbits and trajectories, comprehensive tabular data, and simulation time steps from a fraction of a second to thousands of years. Constellations and over 100, 000 background stars are included, with comprehensive data for every star.
Several different celestial coordinate grids and a wide range of physical units are available, and editing facilities allow you to create new objects manually, or import from hundreds of thousands of asteroids and comets.
Because it calculates the motions of bodies from their gravitational interactions, AstroGrav is not restricted to just the solar system.
Any situation in which gravity is the only significant force can be simulated, and the illustrative sample files that are included with AstroGrav include many examples such as exoplanet systems, protoplanets that evolve into planetary systems, rubble piles and their interactions with massive bodies, complex star systems, and even projectiles and bouncing balls.
AstroGrav is ideal for astronomers, astrophysicists, researchers, teachers, educationalists, and students, and comes complete with a tutorial and full documentation.
A fully functional 15 day trial version is available for download and evaluation.
Version 4.2.2: Corrected a fault that could cause imported asteroids to be incorrectly positioned. Appended the name of the small body supplier to the name of an imported asteroid or comet. Made the structure of a simulation consistent with the evolver mass threshold. Various minor bug fixes and improvements.
Version 4.2: Added a completely redesigned object editor. Added about 1,000,000 asteroids from the Lowell Asteroid Orbital Elements Database to the object importer. Improved simulation evolution and ephemeris generation. Added the Barycentric Dynamical Time (TDB) unit. Various minor bug fixes and improvements.
Version 4.1.1: Corrected a serious fault that made it impossible to use the optional faint star files. Corrected a fault that made the offline help inaccessible. Changed the way that smaller bodies reflect light so as to better simulate the opposition surge effect. Various minor bug fixes and improvements.
Version 4.1: Added new comet and asteroid search options. Greatly improved evolving to events. Made it easier to view from the home location. Made several improvements to the appearance and performance when drawing views. Updated the Solar System sample simulations. Various minor bug fixes and improvements.
Version 4.0: Added tens of millions of faint background stars to solar system simulations. Added full printing facilities. Added the time zone to the status bar. Added keystrokes for adjusting the magnification, brightness, and appearance of objects in full screen mode. Various minor bug fixes and improvements.
Version 3.7.1: Enhanced the 'Window/Export...' command to make the exported text file easy to use with either a text editor or spreadsheet software. Added radial velocities to the background stars. Made several improvements to the sample simulations. Various minor bug fixes and improvements.
Version 3.7: Added perihelia, aphelia, and ascending / descending nodes to the 'Evolve To...' events. Significantly improved the accuracy and speed of evolution. Added new file import and export commands. Added commands to copy preferences from one computer to another. Various minor bug fixes and improvements.
Version 3.6: Enhanced the 'Evolve To...' command to allow evolution to specific events in solar system simulations. Corrected a fault that caused the IAU's Minor Planet Center import tables to appear empty in the 'Import Objects...' command. Various minor bug fixes and improvements.
Version 3.5.1: Corrected faults in the evolution algorithm. Changed the names of background stars to conform to the IAU Stellar Name Catalogue. Displayed only first magnitude background star names in upper case. Eliminated some rounding errors. Various minor bug fixes and improvements.
Version 3.5: Improved the evolution algorithm, import of asteroids and comets, handling of tables, and display of object histories. Added a new command that removes objects in such a way as to leave the orbits of other objects unchanged. Many performance improvements. Various minor bug fixes and improvements.