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Solar System Builder

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We are giving you the keys to the universe. Think you can build a solar system that can maintain the balance and spawn life? Design your own planets and stars and try your hand at the interactive Solar System Builder. But construct carefully, the fate of your planetary system requires keen celestial reasoning and understanding of gravity's pull.

188 comments
Becky Kersey
Becky Kersey

my gas giants are the only thing that survies

H. Pak
H. Pak

to survive forever point all your planets facing outwards 


Christian Jiang
Christian Jiang

Wow! I've just done a moon (water planet) rotating around a gas planet!

Verica Neshova
Verica Neshova

It needs to have better instructions..

I made a mistake with the speed.

Andar Partogi
Andar Partogi

one planet, 100,000 years and counting

the orbit is very eccentric though.... (elliptical)

life lasted about 65000 years

Cole Reid
Cole Reid

How do you make a planet orbit another planet? In other words how do you make a moon?

James richard
James richard

try to have tis in your cosmos

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6 planets 

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2 gas giant both has moon


1 earth with 2 moon 

1 rocky giant  1 moon


1  rocky 


2 simple gas no moons 

James richard
James richard

9 planets 

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1 rocky and has 15 moons


1 gas giant with 1 moon


5 earth no moons 


1 liquid with 2 moons 


1 gas nnot giant 2 moons

Jerry Jay
Jerry Jay

5 planets. four rocky one gas (not giant). The first planet from the sun is stopped and the sun postally used by another planet for the second planet is pushed through the ground behind her back after changing the orbit collides with a gas planet, which protected the dwarf before annihilation. After the collision earth 1 from the sun in the orbit of the planet from the sun 3. For a dwarf wandering alongside a gas planet revolves around the sun without fear of collision. Obkrazajac dwarf sun approaching dangerously close to the sun but over distances August. Planet Gas obkrazajac sun she could to sweep away lands but then rapidly approaching the earth to the sun waiting for the passage of the gas giant and again returns to orbit.

Mido Hossam
Mido Hossam

32,456 years.....and all planets collided with sun before year 500 :(

Fross Empire
Fross Empire

Life was on my Planet with 700 years. Got wiped out ay 79000 years.I hope to find out if there are next stages of life in this 'game'

azhar jalil
azhar jalil

made it last 27112 years and counting

Cole Snedeker
Cole Snedeker

Going to try to get a solar system to last as long as possible. I created a solar system with these specs:

3 Gas planets (not giants). 1 of them has a moon

1 Liquid planet with a moon

1 Earth planet

1 tiny Rocky planet


The Gas and Liquid planets are pretty far from the star with circular orbits. The rocky planet has a close, elliptical orbit around the star. The Earth planet is in a circular orbit between the Gas planets and the Rocky planet.

Cole Snedeker
Cole Snedeker

Good game, fun and strategic. Its difficult to get your solar system to last a while though.

Jerry Jay
Jerry Jay

I was able to create the moon to one of the gas giants (busier saying larger body makes less to orbit around it)

Reynaldo Ronquillo
Reynaldo Ronquillo

2 planets left. one gas giant in the outer orbit.

one rocky water with life. achieved perfect orbit.

Daniel Pavia
Daniel Pavia

I've created a Solar System with 3 Earths

Elliott Smith
Elliott Smith

I wish that when you got life it would develop over time and become interplanetary that would be so cool. And, as a part of that, you could monitor your planet and see it's stats for life, what it's atmosphere contains, etc.

Daniel Pavia
Daniel Pavia

yay i develpoed life. the game would be better if you can have moons

Dan Webb
Dan Webb

How do you know if you have life on your planet?

kaya lou
kaya lou

Hi

Not all planets in the universe have a star like sun orbiting them,and i guess this sun from earth system solar is the only sun like star in the universe! and i also think that other galaxy have some things different like sun like star but just not as we know it go here for more and open the article the universe the birth place of life, or cosmic law & religion there are many parts my advice start with part one to understand it all, please comment enjoy. http://andromeda-lady.blogspot.com

John Hodge
John Hodge

wow this isnt as easy as i thought it was going to be,but i love it,its fun and it gets you thinking

Larry Leslie II
Larry Leslie II

So 550,000 years have past, I have 1 remaining planet with life, and the rogue "comet" that causes so much trouble is in a stable orbit. Does anything ever happen to the life on the planet?

Cole Snedeker
Cole Snedeker

I'm only 5000 years into the game and disaster has already struck. An asteroid hit the gas planet with a moon and shifted its orbit. This caused the gas planet to absorb both its own moon and the Earth planet about 500 years later. This messed up its orbit even more. Now the gas planet is drifting all over the place with an erratic orbit and has already had close calls with several other planets. I fear it will take out more planets before its orbit stabilizes.

Larry Leslie II
Larry Leslie II

So I am 1,122,000 years into this and I still have life on my planet, but nothing else has happened.

Cole Snedeker
Cole Snedeker

Another 5000 years have gone by and as I predicted the rogue gas planet caused more damage. A close call with the liquid planet resulted in the liquid planet's moon getting wiped out. In addition, the tiny Rocky plant also fell victim to the rogue gas planet. Currently the gas planet is haphazardly orbiting the star at a close radius with an elliptical-like path. So only 10000 years have passed and I have already lost half of my planets.

Larry Leslie II
Larry Leslie II

2.26 million years and still stable and still has life. Anyone ever getting another message other than "Plant XXX has developed life!"?

Cole Snedeker
Cole Snedeker

Unfortunately, the two gas planets collided at 28000 years through. I didn't even get close to my 1 million year goal, only about 3%. Hopefully my next solar system will fare better.

Cole Snedeker
Cole Snedeker

I'm 20000 years through and already down to two planets. The rogue gas planet collided with the liquid planet. This shifted the Gas planet's orbit again, causing it to crash into the star. Now the only two planets left are the other two gas planets, both of which have broad orbits far from the star. However, they are traveling in opposite directions near each other, so what will most likely happen is they will collide head on.

Stephen Messer
Stephen Messer

@Michael Tasara @Stephen Messer @John Hodge  get your planet to orbit, then reset and add a smaller planet with less mass , shooting it past your original planet , you should be able to see the gravitational effect , slow down or speed up your moon as needed as well as changing the mass of both the moon and planet , basically you want to throw a smaller planet at it so it just misses but gets caught in orbit.

Larry Leslie II
Larry Leslie II

"It's dead Jim" 11.72 million and the comet orbit finally took out the plant.  :(

Larry Leslie II
Larry Leslie II

7 million years and the orbit of the comet has stabilized to some degree. I think by the time I wake up in the morning my last planet will have met its doom, but we will see.

Larry Leslie II
Larry Leslie II

The last 500 thousand years the little comet orbit has become more elliptical and a little erratic. I am wondering if the end is in sight for my last planet! I am at 6.06 million years.

Larry Leslie II
Larry Leslie II

Well I am at 5.45 million years and the message still reads my planet has developed life. I will let it run for as long as possible to see if anything happens.

Larry Leslie II
Larry Leslie II

3.22 million years, planet orbit still stable and still has life. I wonder what will happen!