While scientists around the world have come a long way over last couple of months to discover more secrets of the universe, we still have a long way to go before getting further insights into different phenomenon such as dark matter, black holes and dark energy. In an attempt to keep track of all of the recent discoveries, astrophysicists have now built a simulation that documents most of our knowledge about the universe.
Titled, Illustris: The Next Generation, the simulation is result of collaborations by researchers from CCA, MIT, Harvard University, University of Cambridge, Heidelberg Institute of Theoretical Studies, and the Institute for Advanced Study. Thanks to the collaboration, IllustrisTNG consists of 18 simulations in total that documents findings measuring 1 billion light years wide.
Talking about the latest simulation, astrophysicist Shy Genel from the Flatiron Institute’s Center for Computational Astrophysics said, “When we observe galaxies using a telescope, we can only measure certain quantities. With the simulation, we can track all the properties for all these galaxies. And not just how the galaxy looks now, but its entire formation history.”
Volker Springel from the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies added, “Analysing this huge mountain of data will keep us busy for years to come, and it promises many exciting new insights into different astrophysical processes.”
While we will have to wait to find out more about the impact of the research, astronomers from around the world have started to use the model to analyze different mysteries. As we move forward, we are likely to uncover more mysteries of the universe.