Scientists have created the most detailed computer simulation of the history of the universe.
This new virtual cosmos, designed by U.S., German and British researchers, comes complete with twisting galaxies, exploding gas clouds and mysterious black holes.
Called Illustris, the numerical-based model covers the 13 billion-year evolution of the universe beginning just 12 million years after the Big Bang.
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Scientists have created the most detailed computer simulation of the history of the universe.. Pictured is the cosmic web from 1 to 4 billion years after the Big Bang
The simulation, which accurately depicts the distribution and composition of various types of galaxies, was developed by a team led by astrophysicist Mark Vogelsberger of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
It covers cosmic evolution in a cube with a side length 350 million light-years with unprecedented resolution.