Finding: the virtual universe in video


The science journal Nature released an extraordinary video this week. It’s of a computer model called Illustris, which aims to show the creation of the universe. An excerpt of the Nature report:

“Mark Vogelsberger, a physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, and his colleagues created a model of the Universe that follows the evolution of both visible and dark matter starting just 12 million years after the Big Bang (see video). While previous models have either been small and detailed or large and coarse, this simulation covers a region of space big enough to be representative of the whole Universe — a cube 106.5 megaparsecs (350 million light years) across — but is detailed enough to resolve small-scale structures, such as individual galaxies.”

 Watch Vogelberger’s four-minute “Virtual Universe” here: