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Cosmos in Fast Forward

Digital Cosmology Timeline

Visualization enables scientists to explore the evolution of cosmological processes over unfathomable stretches of time and distance. Individual frames can be assembled into an animation, thus adding a time dimension. The resulting movies reveal subtle features of cosmic structures in formation that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to discern.

Here we've presented a series of movies in which eons of cosmic are collapsed into seconds of simulation time on powerful supercomputers, then visualized using the latest computer graphics and display technologies.

If the computer you're using has the necessary capabilities and software we invite you to download some movies, either in the QuickTime or MPEG formats. For movies with narration, you can also listen to the audio alone by clicking on the sound button.

We also urge you to note the filesize for each format in the text immediately under the movie buttons. Some of the movies can take a long time to download, especially if you don't have direct Internet access, or your local connectivity and processing capabilities are very modest. In these circumstances, we advise against downloading movies or sounds, and recommend that you view the thumbnails and/or text instead.

Before plunging into all this imagery, we urge you to check out the "Technical Corner and "Navigation Tips in the Information Center. Doing so could save you a lot of frustration.

If you still want to download our media files, be patient!

Pure Dark Matter - Movies

Adding Gas Dynamics - Movies

The Works! - Movies

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