BetterKerbol CKAN

Graphics overhaul for Kerbol, with new high resolution textures, light curves, and optional Scatterer support and size scaling

License: CC-BY-NC-ND

Game Version: 1.12.3

Downloads: 4,778

Author: Lt_Duckweed

Mod Website: Forum Thread

Followers: 8

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This mod is not known to work with the latest version of Kerbal Space Program. Proceed with caution.



Too long has stock Kerbol gone unloved. No longer will it sit at the center of the solar system, ugly and drab. With new high resolution textures, Scatterer support, and custom light curves, BetterKerbol attempts to remake Kerbol as eye candy worthy of pretty screenshots. Towards this end, the radius has also been tweaked by an imperceptibly tiny amount, to get around a quirk in KSP's engine. This change does not affect the orbits of the planets, as Kerbol's mass is unchanged. Experience the searing light of Kerbol as you approach the corona, or watch as it dims to a pale flicker as you travel beyond the orbit of Eeloo.

Additionally, for those who desire a more realistically scaled Kerbol, that better aligns with stock scale, an optional patch is provided to reduce the radius of Kerbol by a factor of 4.24x



  • 8k Photosphere and Corona textures
  • A visual surface that aligns with the true surface, opening up the possibility for spectacular close passes
  • Scatterer configs for close up corona glow and sky tint when in the Kerbolar atmosphere
  • Custom light curves for starlight that realistically changes brightness with distance from Kerbol


  • Reduced radius by 4.24x, bringing Kerbol into line with the 1:10.63 scale of the rest of the Kerbal universe


  • Due to a long-standing bug the way KSP calculates solar heat, temperatures near the surface are extreme, with radiant power density approaching infinity! Bring your exploit shielding or it's a one way trip!
  • No sunflare is provided. If using Scatterer, pick your favorite sunflare mod, personally I recommend Sunflares of Maar.
  • This is my first Mod, pls be gentle.



  • Extract the zip file
  • Place the GameData folder into your KSP directory

Optional - BetterKerbol Rescale

  • Open the Optional Mods folder
  • Place the GameData folder into your KSP directory

Provided Compatibility

  • Scatterer, v0.0831 or newer


  • Kopernicus (latest version for your specific version of KSP, or latest backport release for older KSP versions)
  • ModuleManager 4 or newer

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  • BetterKerbol is licensed by Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)
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