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Dog

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getting planets to orbit each other
« on: June 21, 2008, 01:00:01 PM »
Hello :) can some one help me with getting a planet to orbit another planet e.g the moon to orbit earth ?
« Last Edit: June 24, 2008, 02:44:05 PM by Dog »

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Re: getting planets to orbit each other
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2008, 06:16:47 PM »
You can create orbits a number of different ways:

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You can load up the Earth & Moon system file which already has the Moon in orbit around the Earth.

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You can get a body (planet, moon, star, galaxy etc.) to orbit its parent (a more massive body) by right clicking on it (which opens the control panel) and then in the Commands group clicking the 'Orbit Parent' button. In the control panel under View Controls click the "Relation" button to see lines drawn between a body and its parent.

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You can do this for all bodies at once by clicking "Orbit All" under System Commands (in the control panel).

You can get some interesting results by loading up a Galaxy or a ringed planet (like Saturn) and clicking "Orbit All" since the new orbits are in different directions.

You can also try introducing a larger body in "Cosmic Billiards" (under Fun Things to Do) and then command all bodies to orbit its parent.

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You can also manually introduce new bodies into the system at the right position and at the right velocity to achieve orbits. You can learn about adding new bodies in "Learn the Basics" under Help on the Main Menu. (Press ESC to see the menu)

There's currently no easy (and mouse only) way to lock your focus on a planet or star and then rotate the camera 90 to launch the new body parallel to the focused body. Itís on my long list of feature ideas.

You can lock focus on a body. Use the arrow keys to slide the camera over, and then launch bodies, but it's hard to tell what angle you're launching them relative to the focus. You can see what velocity existing bodies are traveling around their parent to get an idea of what velocity you should set.

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You can create a rings of orbiting particles by adding a Ring. Right click on a body and in body commands set the Ring Type and click the Rings button.

Try adding Geosynchronous rings around Earth.

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You can also edit the system files and use commands to automatically calculate orbits. From the main menu click New and then "Create New System File" for instructions on what to do.


Let me know if you have any more questions.

Dog

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Re: getting planets to orbit each other
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2008, 07:40:17 AM »
ok thanks for your help :)

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Re: getting planets to orbit each other
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2008, 05:51:45 PM »
In the main August update I added some new functionality that's explained in "Can Mars Orbit the Earth?" - Find this short activity under "Fun Things to Do" from the main menu of Universe Sandbox.

The two new features are Projected Paths and Moving Bodies:

  • You can turn on Projected Paths to show the path that a body is projected to travel and then use the new move command to adjust this.

  • Move bodies by moving your cursor over the body (planet or moon) and then holding down the M key on your keyboard while you move the body around. Release the M key to drop the body where it is.