A week or so ago the discovery that the HD98800 B binary star system has a protoplanetary disk that orbits at right angels to its two host stars made it into the news and I thought it would be good fun to see if I could simulate this system with my home made gravity simulator, and managed to come up with this. I emailed a link to the simulation to the lead author of the study, Grant Kennedy, and he liked it and included a link to it in one of his blogposts.

This is pretty much, in a nutshell, what I hope to achieve with my gravity simulator; to make space and physics come to life in a beautiful, playful yet scientifically accurate way in an accessible medium - anyone with a browser can use my simulator - and help researchers better connect with the public through simulations of their discoveries and research, like Grant did.

I'm going to try to create a simulation of the most exciting discoveries when they happen, and ultimately leverage the public by enabling them to create simulations themselves using an intuitive user interface that I'm hammering together, so that I can spend more time on developing new features for the simulator instead of just creating scenarios.

It's also a physics sandbox, although the interface is a bit awkward at the moment, but I'm working on changing that.