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Space Effects - After Effects (Make your own space animations)
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What is it?

"Space Effects" is a versatile After Effects template designed to help users create custom, high-quality space animations with ease. This template includes a variety of 3D space scenes featuring the earth, moon, sun, black hole, nebula, galaxy, comet, stars, planets, and a complete solar system. Customization is simple with slider controls, allowing you to adjust every element of the scenes without advanced After Effects skills.

This package is a major update to the popular "Space Effects Collection" template, bundling the Black HoleSolaris, and Terra templates along with additional celestial bodies. "Space Effects" also offers 15 custom lens flares and a 360° star background for dynamic views. And with pre-animated comps and a comprehensive video tutorial, this template provides all the tools needed for totally out-of-this-world space animations!

A spiral galaxy background

Create stunning
space animations
in After Effects!

Beautiful background with earth in space, made in Adobe After Effects


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  • Earth & Moon  From the Terra template, this 128MP earth model lets you separately customize the land in daylight, land at night, water, clouds, lighting, and atmosphere. 

  • Sun – From the Solaris template, this sun uses real sun footage from NASA to form a realistic 3D sun that you can customize. It features various surface textures to choose from, solar flares, prominences, mass coronal ejections, custom heat haze effects, 10 heat-themed animated titles, and 19 blazing sound effects.

  • Black Hole – From the Black Hole template, this striking 3D black hole is modeled after NASA simulations, and features a spinning accretion disc, orbiting cloud matter, warping of the background stars, and an optional custom scene with stars being sucked down a 3D funnel.

  • Galaxy  A custom, twirling spiral galaxy, with 3D stars and nebulae made from particles.

  • Solar System  A custom model of our solar system, with lines representing the orbital paths of the planets. Easily enable scientifically and proportionally accurate orbit speeds, rotation speeds, planet sizes, or planet distances from the sun. Or, manually customize the behavior and appearance of each planet with the controls.

  • Nebula  Easily make beautiful, unique 3D nebulae with clusters of stars.

  • Stars  Multiple options for creating 3D star fields, star clusters, and wormholes.

  • Comet & Shooting Stars  Create realistic animations of shooting stars for the night sky in your video, as well as slow-moving comets with custom dust trails.

  • Space Fly-Through  A common animation that's all set up for you, with easy customizations options.

  • Planets  Ready-to-render models of Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, with rings on the three outermost planets. Each planet has a custom atmosphere, and automatic lighting and shadows that update when you move the sun in 3D space.

  • Easy Customization  All celestial bodies have a control layer with intuitive controls for customizing your scenesThe video tutorial below, as well as written instructions found throughout the template, walk you through how to customize the effects.

  • Finished Animations  Included are 28 pre-animated comps for all the black hole, sun, and earth animations seen in the Black Hole, Solaris, and Terra demo videos.

  • 360° Star Backgrounds  Choose from the included star and nebula images, or use your own image. The 360-degree stars allow you to view the celestial bodies from any angle.

  • Lens Flares  15 custom lens flares that you can attach to your sun.

The scale of the planets of our solar system in proportion to each other and the sun, made with the "Space Effects" template for After Effects.
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Sun, Earth, and Black Hole effects made in After Effects with the "Space Effects" template.

Learn how to make your own space animations in After Effects!

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Need to Know

  • This template is compatible with Adobe After Effects, v.17.0 (2020) and all later versions. Works on both PCs and Macs. No plugins required. All effects are 100% made in After Effects, and are completely customizable. A few minor features of the included particle effects will only work in AE 2024 or later, due to a 2024 update to the CC Ball Action effect.

  • The comps in this project are 4K (3840x2160), and can be changed to HD, 8K, or any other resolution in the Composition Settings panel, and the effects will work the same.​ Some solid layers may also need to be changed to fit the comp. The planet texture maps are all at least 8,000x4,000. The earth map is 16,000x8,000.

  • This template has been "universalized", so it will work in After Effects running in any language.


  • ​Included space images, texture maps, and sun footage, courtesy of NASA.


  • The total file size is about 1.5GB because of the included images and footage elements. Please allow plenty of time when downloading.

  • Last update: 06/21/24

The Space Effects template is not a plugin, so there is nothing to install. Rather, it's an Adobe After Effects project file, commonly known as a "template" because most of the work is already done and the user needs only to make their own customizations. This template is compatible with version 17.0 as well as all later versions of After Effects.

Space Effects contains copyrighted intellectual property. The animations you create with this product are 100% yours and can be used for commercial purposes, but the sharing or online posting of project files with or for anyone other than a client is prohibited. See the Terms and Conditions for more details.

Positive and/or negative feedback is appreciated. Use the contact page to send me a message.

Side view of a black hole, a 3D effect made with "Space Effects" for After Effects.
The rings of Saturn, glowing with the reflection of the sun's light in space.
A 3D galaxy with a bright center, made in After Effects.
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