Help Me Build a Solar System
December 13, 2013 10:10 PM Subscribe
I want to build a solar system with a decent amount of verisimilitude, and the math and physics are killing me.
posted by Deoridhe to Science & Nature (4 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Ideally, I'd like some sort of program which can let me set a sun and planets and figure out basic things like length of the day, length of the year, tides, etc... I could just make it up, but I keep worrying I'll do something ridiculous that years down the road I'll look back and curse at. So far I have found a number of random solar system generators, but none which allow me to set some of the parameters and none which help with tides when there is a non-earth situation. Specifically, I want my planet to have either a few moons, or rings, and I can't figure out how to figure out how that would affect the tides and weather patterns. Bonus points for one which allows me to set a planetary tilt and figure out the temperature zones on the planet from it.