Planetary Bombardment

Discover how gas giant planets cleared our early solar system of asteroids and comets. Place gas giant planets around our Sun to see how orbital dynamics affects our system and orbital paths.

Planetary Bombardment Video

Educational Points

From about 4.5 to 3.8 billion years ago, failed planets and smaller asteroids slammed into larger worlds, scarring their surface. Near the end of the violence, during a period known as the Late Heavy Bombardment, impacts in the solar system may have increased.

  • Planets: Place the planets in any orbital position.
  • Simulate: Once the planets are placed, begin the simulation to see if Earth survives.

User Experience

Planetary Bombardment lets visitors experience and discover what the Late Heavy Bombardment phase was like. Visitors choose where and how many planets are placed into the system and will see how the larger planets cleaned the early solar system. This cleaning action is what allowed the inner worlds to have relative peace from impacts.

  • Planets: Tap and drag the major planets out into the system.
  • Simulate: Once the planets are placed, tap the simulate button to see whether the placement protects the inner planets.
  • Drag: After the simulation runs, the view can be changed by dragging around on the screen.

User Interaction

This experience uses modern touch controls like touch and drag. Use easy gestures to place and simulate the solar system.

Touch Screen
  • Touch: Tap to select planets and drag them into view.
  • Drag: Drag to orbit and change the view.

Hold Time Data

Average hold time is 1 minutes

Software Pricing


Small Facility Pricing applies 50% reduction

Volume pricing also applies

Pricing Sheet

Hardware Provided

  • Keylok license dongle

Recommended Hardware

  • Touch Screen: Utilize highly intuitive gesture-based controls that are commonly used on modern touch screen devices.

Required Computer Specs

  • Quad Core CPU (or better).
  • Power Supply: 600 Watt (or better).
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti (or better).
  • RAM: 16 GB (or greater).
  • SSD: 120+ GB.
  • OS: Windows 10 or Windows 11.