We have several worlds for WHIMC server participants to explore and learn.
Table of Contents
Rocket Launch from Earth
Moon Base One
Space Station Hub
Imagine an Earth…
Participants start by first observing a standard earth simulation. After this we have four astronomer-curated simulations imagining what earth would be like with altered conditions, including:
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.
Play them on your computer locally – but without gravity or atmospheric effects. Last updated 05.18.2021