I'll have the planet of the day please

I imagine a lot of you have already checked out NASA's excellent Astronomy Picture of the Day website. If not I'd reccomend remedying that now. Now there's a fictional version, it's called Terranova: Planet of the Day. Each day this site hosts an image of a computer generated planet. The resolution isn't as good as the Hubble but you get to see terrestrial planets complete with greenery and pretty clouds.

Maybe in a few decades we'll be seeing websites with titles like Simulated Universe of the Day "Play god for only $29.95 all major credit cards accepted". If you can't wait that long you can try the excellent set of links at World Builder Projects. You won't find any resources there that will let you set fire to bushes in your own fully realized simulated universe but you can have some fun nonetheless.

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