Thursday, December 08, 2011

Bolshoi Simulation: WMAP Explorer

Bolshoi Simulation Visualization from UC-HPACC on Vimeo. Watch With Music.

  Visualization of the dark matter in 1/1000 of the gigantic Bolshoi cosmological simulation, zooming in on a region centered on the dark matter halo of a very large cluster of galaxies.  Visualized by Chris Henze, NASA Ames Research Center. This visualization was narrated in the National Geographic TV special "Inside the Milky Way".  It was used with the piece "Dark Matter" in Bjork's Biophilia concert. 

 The Bolshoi simulation is the most accurate cosmological simulation of the evolution of the large-scale structure of the universe yet made (“bolshoi” is the Russian word for “great” or “grand”).  The first two of a series of research papers describing Bolshoi and its implications have been accepted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal. The first data release of Bolshoi outputs, including output from Bolshoi and also the BigBolshoi or MultiDark simulation of a volume 64 times bigger than Bolshoi, has just been made publicly available to the world’s astronomers and astrophysicists. See: Introduction: The Bolshoi Simulation

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