Make (or Break) Your Own Planet with NASA’s Extreme Planet Makeover

By Akemi Iwaya on January 20th, 2011

Are you looking for a fun way to pass some time and learn about the factors that make a planet habitable? Then grab a flight suit and get ready to launch into adventure with NASA’s Extreme Planet Makeover.

Your planet makeover will start off with a planet that is based on Earth norms and a G-Class star. From here use the sliders for the different categories to select for distance from the star in AUs, planetary size, star class type, planetary age, and planetary presets.

For our first example we changed the distance from the star to 1.436 AUs, set planetary size to 2.75 times that of Earth, changed the star class to type F, and aged the planet slightly past the 5 billion year mark. You can literally watch the changes in the appearance of the planet occur as you adjust the settings.

When you have things set up just the way you want you can even download an image of your planet.

Here are two more examples that we created using more extreme settings for some of the categories and changing the star class type. Have fun making your own planets!

Note: The Planet Gallery link in the upper right corner of the window will allow you to see simulated images and fun facts about planets in our solar system and planets from other star systems.

Extreme Planet Makeover (NASA) [via BoingBoing]

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 01/20/11
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