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OstariskDate: Friday, 22.04.2016, 01:43 | Message # 1
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I noticed this image on a reddit post last year:


and It got me thinking about the realismness of Space engine.

I made some comparisons between nasa's pictures and some screenshots:



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Edited by Ostarisk - Wednesday, 20.07.2016, 04:03
 
JackDoleDate: Friday, 22.04.2016, 07:50 | Message # 2
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Planet comparisons between SE and real photos




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FastFourierTransformDate: Friday, 22.04.2016, 10:21 | Message # 3
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Planet comparisons between SE and real photos


And also you should check this

Historical Solar System portraits
 
Freak2121Date: Friday, 22.04.2016, 10:21 | Message # 4
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I recently came across a picture of Io and Jupiter and thought "I wonder what it looks like in Space Engine".
So I took a screenshot and put it side by side.

It's pretty close.





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SpaceEngineerDate: Friday, 22.04.2016, 10:21 | Message # 5
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A year ago I made some other comparisons myself. Left is SpaceEngine; right is the real photo.







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batmumpDate: Friday, 22.04.2016, 10:21 | Message # 6
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A yer ago I made some other comparitions. Left - SpaceEngine, right - real photo.

left, it looks clearly better than right


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SpicaDate: Friday, 22.04.2016, 10:21 | Message # 7
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I have made a comparison between a Saturn Eclipse in reality and in SE.

1. In Space Engine:



2. In reality:



In both pictures is the little dot in the upper left side of the rings the earth.

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OstariskDate: Friday, 22.04.2016, 21:55 | Message # 8
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Quote JackDole ()
Planet comparisons between SE and real photos

Page does not exist.

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Historical Solar System portraits

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JackDoleDate: Friday, 22.04.2016, 22:24 | Message # 9
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Page does not exist.

It is this page! The pages have been merged! wink

Everything from here, was in the old thread.





Don't forget to look here.



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OstariskDate: Monday, 25.04.2016, 22:14 | Message # 10
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(Another one)

Here's a picture of Neptune taken by voyager 2 a long time ago:


Here's the space engine version:

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Edited by Ostarisk - Tuesday, 26.04.2016, 02:34
 
AlienartDate: Monday, 30.05.2016, 15:38 | Message # 11
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This is as close a place as I can find to post my thoughts after several months exploring SE, which I don't think deserve a new thread of their own.

If Space Engine is this close to reality as shown in the images above, this is what I've learned:

Most real estate in the universe is red or infrared in color.

The vast majority of objects, especially in a habitable zone, are tidally locked.

G-type stars are really not that conducive to life-bearing worlds, so our own may be a fluke or a rarity.

Elliptical galaxies, perhaps being older, are more likely to have life-bearing worlds than spiral or irregular galaxies.

"Warm" probably means instant death from boiling and "Cool" probably means instant death from freezing, except I suspect these are average temperatures, so one might find still a few habitable areas on worlds described as such.

Subglacial (which I assume means what might be found under the ice of Europa for instance), Oceanas, and exotic Titan types seem to be more likely to create life than Terra types, even when the latter is in a habitable zone.

If all these things are true, the universe is even more forbidding than I imagined, but not entirely hopeless. Of course i may be way off in my assumptions, not having taken measurements. This only based on how it feels when exploring.
 
OstariskDate: Wednesday, 20.07.2016, 04:01 | Message # 12
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The vast majority of objects, especially in a habitable zone, are tidally locked.

The marjority of terras that I have found orbit class-M stars, being mostly tidally locked. there are ones that aren't tidally locked, but when the are, they either:
- Have a large moon of which the planet is tidally locked to
- Have an extremely high greenhouse effect
or
- Tidally heated by a moon
Quote Alienart ()
G-type stars are really not that conducive to life-bearing worlds, so our own may be a fluke or a rarity.

True. I have even tried making custom G-class stars with Procedural planets a few times, and I rarely got a life-bearing planet at all. I guess that means that a star's class does not really define as to whether a planet has life or not. I even found a few melting planets orbiting a G class star before.
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"Warm" probably means instant death from boiling and "Cool" probably means instant death from freezing, except I suspect these are average temperatures, so one might find still a few habitable areas on worlds described as such.

Agreed.
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Elliptical galaxies, perhaps being older, are more likely to have life-bearing worlds than spiral or irregular galaxies.

Perhaps they were Frozen worlds or titans that had had entered the 'melting' zone of the star as the star inflated.

I have edited a few things here and there to open up the topic of the thread.






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Edited by Ostarisk - Wednesday, 20.07.2016, 04:01
 
arbelrocksDate: Sunday, 02.10.2016, 16:39 | Message # 13
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Reality: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap041225.html and http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/0412/saturn_malmerCassini_pre10.jpg
SE: http://imgur.com/a/lip3V
 
KexittDate: Sunday, 02.10.2016, 17:00 | Message # 14
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Reality is more realistic tho.




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FastFourierTransformDate: Sunday, 02.10.2016, 18:32 | Message # 15
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Reality is more realistic tho.


Well. Not so fast! cool lets examine arbelrocks contribution:




The Cassini Camera took that first image. In the specifications of the instrument it says that the range of the color filters it uses spans from 200 nm to 1100 nm. So this image is probably coding not only visible light but also a bit of UV and a huge part of the Near-Infrared band. The Image probably shows some cloud contours because the team has taken the results from the near infrared and has assigned to them a visible color (pushing the visible colors more tightly in the process I assume). For that reason, this is not exactly how Saturn would look like if you where there. Probably SpaceEngine is "more realistic" in that sense that reality itself because cloud structures on Saturn are not so easily visible.
 
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