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MIT Researchers Create Computer Model Of The History Of The Universe: VIDEO

Model of the Universe

Revealing that they might in fact be part Time Lord, researchers at MIT have constructed an immense computer simulation of the 14 billion year history of the universe, from 12 million years after the Big Bang to the present, using both the stars and galaxies we can see and the energies and dark matter that we can't.

For those of us that were never very good at astronomy, The Guardian has a great breakdown of the research and methods behind the model's construction, while Nature has the study available for purchase as a PDF and a short video of the model in action, which you can watch AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Astrology???

    Posted by: elwoodl | May 8, 2014 9:26:23 PM

  2. Do you mean astronomy?

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | May 8, 2014 9:38:56 PM

  3. You mean astronomy...astrology is not science.

    Posted by: Eric in Denver | May 8, 2014 9:54:30 PM

  4. Apparently, astronomy + cosmology = astrology.

    Posted by: Merv | May 8, 2014 10:11:01 PM

  5. Astrology?

    Towleroad != smart.

    Posted by: jeo | May 8, 2014 10:27:06 PM

  6. ...and the Baptist church down the street has a diorama of the past 6,000 years since the world was created.

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | May 8, 2014 10:55:52 PM

  7. "For those of us WHO were never very good at ASTRONOMY..." (or English)

    Posted by: Tatts | May 8, 2014 11:13:43 PM

  8. Astronomy, not astrology

    Posted by: David | May 8, 2014 11:37:35 PM

  9. This is astonishing and so complex - the Universe. Where did it come from? An accident? I don't think so. There is an Infinite Intelligence behind the whole thing - a beautiful force with stupendous power beyond all explanation.

    Posted by: David From Canada | May 8, 2014 11:43:22 PM

  10. The model is still too simplistic because it doesn't produce us - the human beings.

    Posted by: simon | May 9, 2014 12:59:58 AM

  11. And also doesn't produce the MIT researchers who wrote these programs.

    Posted by: simon | May 9, 2014 1:04:20 AM

  12. Given the grand scale and time frame, I just don't see how anyone can believe that some old guy decided one day to create everything and then periodically gets grumpy and smashes things up - or is so insecure and narcissistic that he needs constant adulation..and let's not even talk about the child abuse.. Sounds more alcoholic and co-dependent than divine. Eventually people will see that the random happenstance of life is just so much more wondrous than anything man can come up with.

    Posted by: steve talbert | May 9, 2014 3:03:34 AM

  13. Steve - That would make God similar to most of us. That was how the ancients generally saw their gods. Maybe they were right.

    Posted by: Markt | May 9, 2014 6:50:48 AM

  14. Hogwash!

    Posted by: Little Twatti | May 9, 2014 7:31:42 AM

  15. Fascinating. Beautifully done, even if it doesn't explain everything everyone wants explained. astrophysics

    Posted by: Sean Westmann | May 9, 2014 4:50:55 PM

  16. The best computer Universe simulation of data and basic algorithms, the drivers of the zoom level and frame time resolution, and of the wheeler-dewitt equation.

    Posted by: Sam | May 10, 2014 3:19:25 AM

  17. I wonder how quantum computing will revolutionize simulation ...

    Posted by: Here | May 12, 2014 1:44:20 AM

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