The list below contains the current main features of the software.
What We've Achieved
- A dynamic time system which allows you to fast forward, rewind, and pause time.
- A calendar is in place that can be used to specify a precise date and time you would like to see the solar system represent.
- Independent control over the appearance of each planet when viewing it. eg: Hiding the clouds on planet earth to see the surface of the planet clearer, or draining the ocean to see the ocean floor nu-obstructed by water.
- Each planet and the main dwarf planets can be focused on with basic information on its discovery, formation, and technical facts.
- Each planet is unique in the features it has. eg: Mars doesn't have cities or countries, nor does it have the unique giant storm that Jupiter has. This means that each planet and moon will have unique features.
- Some features have both visual guides, but also interactive elements. eg: Gravitational wells are illustrated in the main window, while the ability to compare gravity to other planets and moons can be tweaked and played with in the 'informations' window.
- Constellations are also a feature that's in the process of being created, and is an ever-growing task. There will be many layers to this, allowing you to focus on the constellations themselves, explore details of their stars and galaxies, and seamlessly transition between any of your choosing.
- Visual guides can be toggled on or off. The planets orbit, scaling of planets for easier visualization of the solar system, names. These kinds of features can be viewed or hidden, depending on the type of experience you want to have.
- Multiple camera angles are supported. These orient you in 3 different ways. It either locks you to the orientation of the solar system, the orientation of the planet, or the orientation of the planets orbit around the sun. Each has their uses depending on the feature used, but they are always available for you to change as you see fit.
- Each planet has a 'cross section' mode which illustrates the insides of each planet. The moons that have been researched enough to support accurate information will also be included. Information is also provided if you choose to view it.