Virtual universe?

prototype-euclid-probe-1000With the help of a supercomputer, researchers at the University of Zurich have simulated the entire known universe.

The massive simulation – 25 billion virtual galaxies, a billion light years across, generated from 2 trillion digital micro particles – is being utilised to investigate the nature of dark matter and dark energy with a particular emphasis on the experimentations on-board the upcoming Euclid satellite.

Being launched by the European Space Agency in 2020, this satellite will map the geometry of the dark universe by recording images from billions of galaxies, where the newly generated virtual universe will help solidify Euclid’s observational strategy and pathway.

Read more: University of Zurich / Euclid

Image: ESA

This story is taken from the 16 June 2017 edition of The Warren Centre’s Prototype newsletter. Sign up for the Prototype here.