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OUR UNIVERSE….. actually only 0.000001% of it…. each yellow dot is a single galaxy!
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WATCH A VIDEO ON THE MILLENNIUM SIMULATION WEBSITE: http://www.mpa-garching.mpg.de/galform/virgo/millennium/
The Millennium Simulation used more than 10 billion particles to trace the evolution of the matter distribution in a cubic region of the Universe over 2 billion light-years on a side. It kept busy the principal supercomputer at the Max Planck Society’s Supercomputing Centre in Garching, Germany for more than a month. By applying sophisticated modelling techniques to the 25 Tbytes of stored output, Virgo scientists have been able to recreate evolutionary histories both for the 20 million galaxies which populate this enormous volume and for the supermassive black holes which occasionally power quasars at their hearts.
The movie shows a 3-dimensional visualization of the journey through the simulated universe. On the way, we visit a rich cluster of galaxies and fly around it. During the two minutes of the movie, we travel a distance for which light would need more than 2.4 billion years.