COOL IMAGES: Computerized Cosmos

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Science  28 Aug 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5381, pp. 1247
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5381.1247a

No, it's not a Rorschach test. This wispy blob, generated by a supercomputer at Cornell University, maps the universe's temperature—more than 8000 cubic megaparsecs worth of the universe, that is. It's part of a gallery of dozens of stunning simulations provided by the Grand Challenge Cosmology Consortium, an eight-institution, 4-year project that unites computers and cosmology in the study of the universe's evolution. From early star formations to violent galactic collisions to dark matter's tendency to clump together over time, the images have “revolutionized our understanding” of the universe, says site designer Michael Norman, an astronomer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

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