Universe Sandbox

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Universe Sandbox
Universe Sandbox Icon
Milky Way & Andromeda galaxies colliding in 4.5 billion years – A Universe Sandbox screenshot
Developer(s) Dan Dixon, Christian Herold, Georg Steinröhder, Thomas Grønneløv, Eric Hilton, Naomi Goldenson, Chad Jenkins
Initial release May 2008
Stable release 2.2 / October 1, 2012
Operating system Windows
Platform PC
Type Educational software
License Proprietary commercial software
Website universesandbox.com

Universe Sandbox is an interactive space and gravity simulator, developed as proprietary software. Using Universe Sandbox, one can see the effects of gravity on objects in the universe and run scale simulations of our Solar System, various galaxies or other simulations, while at the same time interacting and maintaining control over gravity, time, and other objects in the universe (moons, planets, asteroids, comets, black holes, etc.).[1] The original Universe Sandbox is only available for Windows-based PCs, but the new version Universe Sandbox ² is on Windows, Mac, and GNU/Linux.[2] Universe Sandbox version 2.0 was released on May 2, 2010. Version 2.1 was released on Steam on Friday April 29, 2011. As of 2014, the developers are working on a new complete rewrite of Universe Sandbox, called Universe Sandbox ².

In the media[edit]

Universe Sandbox was used for several of the gravity simulations of galaxies colliding in a galaxy series special, "Cosmic Collisions", which first aired on January 28, 2009 on the Discovery Channel. (The second animation in this particular video was created using Universe Sandbox.[3])

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Universe Sandbox". Universe Sandbox. Giant Army. Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Alex Cox (2008-10-05). "How one man created his own universe - How Dan Dixon fashioned a whole universe out of mere bytes". PC Plus, Issue 274 and techradar.com - computing news. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  3. ^ Dan Evans (2009). "Cosmic Collisions". Discovery Channel. Retrieved 2010-01-10 – via Vimeo. [dead link]

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