Simulating 13 billion years of the universe

BY Ellen Rolfes  May 7, 2014 at 6:48 PM EDT

Video by Wired

This is a supercomputer’s take on 13 billion years of the history of the universe.

A team at MIT has created a simulation that traces the evolution of dark matter, dark energy gas and dust, as well as stars, galaxies and black holes — beginning around 12 million years after the Big Bang.

The findings were published in an article in the journal Nature on Wednesday. The simulation, called Illustris, traces 13 billion years of cosmic evolution with 12 billion resolution elements in a cube, producing a universe “remarkable similar to what we see through our telescopes.”