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Brendan seems like a weird dog name at first until you find out he’s the best real estate agent in Bakersfield
Don’t you mean: BaRkersville?
lets all stop fighting and just hand over the presidency to robert downey jr
He can’t be president
WE DO NOT CARE…DOWNEY FOR PRESIDENT!
I’ll still run. Who will vote for me?
‘Star Makers’, Cosmos (Feb 2006)
Scientists at MIT have developed a new simulation that traces 13 billion years of cosmic evolution. They start the simulation shortly after the big bang with a region of space much smaller than the universe (a mere 350 million light years across). Still, it’s big enough to follow the forces that helped create the galaxies we see today, and correctly predict the gas and metal content of those galaxies.
At first, we see dark matter clustering due to the force of gravity (first two GIFs). Then we see visible matter — blue for cool clouds of gas where galaxies form, red for more violent explosive galaxies (second two GIFs).
Super massive blackholes form, superheating the material around them, causing bright white explosions that enrich the space between galaxies with warm but sparse gas (fifth GIF).
Different elements (represented by different colors in the sixth GIF) are spread through the universe.
We arrive at a distribution of dark matter that looks similar to the one we see in our universe today (seventh GIF).
The simulation is so complex it would take two thousand years to render on a single desktop. And it’s kinda beautiful.
Image Credit: MIT and Nature Video
This new simulation, given the slightly-magical name “Illustris”, retraces the evolution of everything’s existence within a simulated cube 350 million light years on a side, packed full of 12 billion pixel-like units of 3-D universe simulation/simulacrum. It required 3 months of computing on 8,000 CPUs!
This simulation will allow scientists to take our current observations of the universe’s most distant objects, far-away galaxies that we only see as they were billions of years ago, and simulate their evolution up to our current time and beyond.
Science can now transcend time and space, inside a computer. Whoa.