For a general overview, please see our STEM For All Video Showcase 3-minute project video! We have several worlds for WHIMC server participants to explore and learn.
Rocket Launch from Earth
Moon Base One
Space Station Hub
Imagine an Earth…
So far we have three simulations of exoplanets with some rather extreme conditions. We’re looking forward to adding more as users contribute their ideas.
Kepler – Kepler 186f orbits a red dwarf star 500 light-years away from Earth. Much is still unknown about this planet other than it is similar to Earth in size and mass and that it is close enough to the star that liquid water could be present. Our world shows what Kepler might look like if it has water and plant life. More from the NASA simulation site.
Trappist – TRAPPIST-1e is one of seven Earth-sized planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system. About 40 light-years from Earth, TRAPPIST-1 is unusual both for its number of small rocky planets and the number in the habitable zone. Our simulated world has a narrow band of water near the terminator, the divide between a hot, dry day and an ice-covered night side. See this system and more at NASA’s website.
Gliese – It’s hard to identify exoplanets! This one may not even exist, but some have theorized it could be covered in deep ocean. Our simulation has ice that’s on fire! Find out more on the process of identifying and qualifying this exoplanet on Wikipedia.
Cancri – According to Nasa’s website, 55 Cancri e is a super Earth exoplanet that orbits a G-type star. Its mass is 8.08 Earths, it takes 0.7 days to complete one orbit of its star, and is 0.01544 AU from its star. Its discovery was announced in 2004. The surface is always covered in lava, even on the dark side! You can see a pretty neat 3D version on NASA’s website too.
Brown Dwarf – CWW 89Ab is an astronomical body that needs some confirmation. It is believed to be a brown dwarf, also called “failed stars”, but to be certain we have to test the carbon to oxygen ration in its atmosphere. If the ratio is similar to that of the star it orbits, we know it’s a brown dwarf. If it’s not, we can classify it as a gas giant planet like Jupiter. More information here.
There are some pretty neat planets and moons nearby us already, however, and we’re working on adding local planets to explore too.
We’ve been lucky enough to feature the work of Diego García (Sr_Mustard) and Christopher Slayton (ChrisDaCow) to offer learners the opportunity to visit several tremendously large simulations of stellar bodies.
Make a copy of our server using the resources below! Alternatively play them on your computer locally using our Planet Minecraft releases. Some additional setup, like manually adding resource/datapacks, may be required.
All content here is offered under a Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
Portable Stand-Alone Local Server (1.19.3, data collection disabled by default) – see instructions.txt to set this one up!
All-worlds download (1.16, 1.17 and 1.18.2) (1.19.x)
WHIMC Exoplanet datapack (1.17) (1.18-1.19.x)
Plugins and settings (1.16, 1.17 and 1.18.2) (1.19.x)
WHIMC resource packs (for no moon, colder sun, etc)
Client MultiMC downloads here
Citizens, Cartographer 2, HeadDatabase and SurveysPlus must be purchased separately. Work from the Planet Minecraft Exoplanet Competition, Sr_Mustard and ChrisDaCow must be acquired separately. Their settings are still in the config files, however.
We recommend a PaperSpigot server with Aikar’s flags
The (old) 1.16 PaperSpigot server still requires (old) Java 16.