Researchers Create Realistic Virtual Universe
A massive computer simulation has produced a model of the universe’s evolution with new accuracy in some important measures — and yielded a new prediction concerning the distribution of matter in the cosmos.
The new Illustris model, constructed by researchers at several institutions, including MIT, simulates 13 billion years of cosmic evolution, and has generated a new degree of fidelity for certain observed features of the universe. These features include the frequency with which galaxies of different shapes occur in the universe, as well as the preponderance of certain elements in space.
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