Welcome to the GSFC Exoplanet Modeling and Analysis Center (EMAC)

EMAC serves as a catalog, repository and integration platform for modeling and analysis resources focused on the study of exoplanet characteristics and environments. EMAC is a key project of the GSFC Sellers Exoplanet Environments Collaboration (SEEC).

If you make use of tools linked or hosted on EMAC, please use the following statement in your publication acknowledgements: “This research made use of the NASA Exoplanet Modeling and Analysis Center (EMAC), which is funded by the NASA Planetary Science Division’s Internal Scientist Funding Model.”

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  • EMAC is intended as a clearinghouse for the whole research community interested in exoplanets, where any software or model developer can submit their tool/model or their model output as a contribution for others to use.
  • EMAC provides a searchable and sortable database for available source code and data output files - both resources hosted locally by EMAC as well as existing external tools and repositories hosted elsewhere.
  • The EMAC team also helps develop new web interfaces for tools that can be run “on-demand” or model grids that can be interpolated for more individualized results.
  • If you would like to submit a new tool/model to EMAC, please visit Submit a Resource page.
  • If you have suggestions for tools we should recruit or improvements to the site, please visit Feedback page or email us at
  • Please help us determine the best tools for new web interfaces by voting on our Vote page.

The P.I. is Avi Mandell, and the Deputy P.I. is Eric Lopez; more information on EMAC staffing and organization will be posted shortly.

VPLanet: Planetary System Evolution Simulator

Rory Barnes et al.

VPLanet is open source software that simulates planetary system evolution, with a focus on habitability. Physical models, typically consisting of ordinary differential equations, are coupled together to simulate evolution of a wide variety of systems. Eleven physics modules are included that model internal, atmospheric, rotational, orbital, stellar, and galactic processes. Many of these modules can be coupled to simultaneously simulate the evolution of terrestrial planets, gaseous planets, and stars. The code is validated by reproducing a selection of observations and past results.

EqTide: Tidal Evolution Simulator

Rory Barnes

EqTide simulates the tidal evolution of two bodies using the equilibrium tide theory. Six ordinary differential equations for the semi-major axis, eccentricity, both rotation rates, and both obliquities are integrated for a user-specified amount of time. Additionally the tidal power generated in each body is calculated. EqTide specifically simulates the constant-phase-lag model of Ferraz-Mello et al. (2008) and the constant-time-lag model of Leconte et al. (2010).