Foothill College AstroSims
The Foothill Astrosims project, supported by a Foothill College Equity and Innovation Grant, aims to support astronomy education by:
- Develop new simulations to address topics formerly unsupported by the Astronomy Education community
We are steadily working on new simulations. Check here for updates!
- Planetary Configurations and Zodiacal Position
- BETA Dark Matter Density and Stellar Orbital Speeds
- COMING SOON! Ptolemaic System simulator
- COMING SOON! Cosmological distances and travel times
- COMING SOON! Gravitational Lensing
Who are we?
- PI: Geoff Mathews, Ph.D. (email@example.com)
- Development lead: Baba Kofi Weusijana, Ph.D. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Developers: Chris Achenbach, Safi Mohammed, Andrew Tran
Other Astronomy Simulations
- The Nebraska Astronomy Applet Project has a set of simulations covering a wide range of topics in astronomy. They are Flash-based, and thus rapidly becoming unusable. However, they have recently posted Windows- and Mac-native versions of the applets to sustain classroom use.
- The PhET Simulations, while physics focused, include numerous tools that are helpful for astronomy teaching (for example, Gravity and Orbits).
- Star in a Box, by the Las Cumbres Observatories Global Telescope Network, simulates tracking a star's temperature and luminosity over its lifetime.
- Planetary climate simulator from the NExSS ROCKE-3D project at NASA Goddard.
- A different planetary climate simulator, emphasizing geologic processes, from the Earth Life Science Institute.
- Impact Earth simulator (Flash)
- Thomas Moore has written a rotation curve tool allowing one to adjust a three-parameter dark matter distribution model to match observed rotation curves.
- Ian Short at St. Mary's University has made an incredibly thorough star + habitable zone simulator, ChromaStar.
- Super Planet Crash is a game-ified n-body solar system simulator in which one can explore gravitational interactions between planets.
- 100,000 Stars, a visualization of about 100,000 nearby stars (plus some artistic license on larger scales). Note, it doesn't appear to make use of color or luminosity information, only position and distance.
- Javalab is now defunct. However, the code is available and Chris Mihos welcomes reimplementations (with credit, of course!)
- Some of the sample models included with Netlogo address astronomy relevant topics (e.g., motion of particles in a gas). This modeling tool is also designed with an easy on-ramp for developing ones own simple simulations (the first alpha version of the Dark Matter simulation was thrown together on a half hour bus ride in Netlogo, building on the Circles sample model)