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A group of astrophysicists at the University of Zurich in Switzerland announced on 18 May 2017 that they have created the largest virtual universe ever simulated as part of their research into the “dark side of the Universe,” and their simulation is a bit bigger than your average video game world. Using the Piz Daint supercomputer at the Swiss National Computing Center, the researchers generated a virtual universe of 25 billion virtual galaxies, composed of 2 trillion digital macro-particles that represent the “dark matter fluid” that composes roughly 23 percent of the cosmos. Their research plays an integral role in the European Space Agency’s Euclid space mission, in which the Euclid satellite will be sent to space in 2020 for a six-year data collecting mission to investigate dark matter and dark energy. Euclid will measure the redshift of galaxies and the acceleration of the universe to better understand the expansion of the universe, the formation of cosmic structures, and the nature of this fascinating dark energy. In this image, we see a sliver of the virtual universe nearly a billion light-years across. Tag a gamer who would like to explore this virtual universe! 🖥️🌌 Photo: Joachim Stadel, University of Zurich. guffscience science astronomy technology computerscience research code computer supercomputer simulation universe galaxy space education bestof didyouknow nowyouknow model universityofzurich switzerland pizdaint esa euclid darkmatter darkenergy: A group of astrophysicists at the University of Zurich in Switzerland announced on 18 May 2017 that they have created the largest virtual universe ever simulated as part of their research into the “dark side of the Universe,” and their simulation is a bit bigger than your average video game world. Using the Piz Daint supercomputer at the Swiss National Computing Center, the researchers generated a virtual universe of 25 billion virtual galaxies, composed of 2 trillion digital macro-particles that represent the “dark matter fluid” that composes roughly 23 percent of the cosmos. Their research plays an integral role in the European Space Agency’s Euclid space mission, in which the Euclid satellite will be sent to space in 2020 for a six-year data collecting mission to investigate dark matter and dark energy. Euclid will measure the redshift of galaxies and the acceleration of the universe to better understand the expansion of the universe, the formation of cosmic structures, and the nature of this fascinating dark energy. In this image, we see a sliver of the virtual universe nearly a billion light-years across. Tag a gamer who would like to explore this virtual universe! 🖥️🌌 Photo: Joachim Stadel, University of Zurich. guffscience science astronomy technology computerscience research code computer supercomputer simulation universe galaxy space education bestof didyouknow nowyouknow model universityofzurich switzerland pizdaint esa euclid darkmatter darkenergy

A group of astrophysicists at the University of Zurich in Switzerland announced on 18 May 2017 that they have created the largest virtual...

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