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Build Your Own Solar System
This Java applet creates a model of a solar system with user-defined data. Users can create a solar system with up to four planets, choosing the star type at the center of the solar system, planet name, size, eccentricity of orbit and distance from the star. This site then calculates these factors to produce a graphic of the solar system with details about each planet such as its atmosphere, temperature, and whether life could exist on its surface.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Visualization - scientific
  • Tools:
    • Calculation / Conversion
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright and Other Restrictions Information is Unknown.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-002-658
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Mike Asbury
Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

Author: Dr Douglas P. Hamilton
University of Maryland