Universe  ID: 10661

JWST Science Simulations: Galaxy Formation

Supercomputer Simulations of Galaxy Formation and Evolution.

This visualization shows small galaxies forming, interacting, and merging to make ever-larger galaxies. This 'hierarchical structure formation' is driven by gravity and results in the creation of galaxies with spiral arms much like our own Milky Way galaxy. The Adaptive Mesh Refinement (AMR) simulation generated from ENZO code for cosmology and astrophysics was developed by Drs. Brian O'Shea and Michael Norman. The AMR code generated 1.8 terabytes of data and was computed at NCSA. AVL used Amore software (http://avl.ncsa.illinois.edu/what-we-do/software) to interpolate and render 2700 frames (42 gigabytes of HD images). The simulation spans a time period of 13.7 billion years. This visualization provides insight into the assembly and formation of galaxies. James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will probe the earliest periods of galaxy formation by looking deep into space to see the first galaxies that form in the universe, only a few hundred million years after the Big Bang.

The Advanced Visualization Laboratory (AVL) at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) collaborated with NASA and Drs. Brian O'Shea and Michael Norman to visualize the formation of a Milky Way-type galaxy.

The Adaptive Mesh Refinement (AMR) simulation generated from ENZO code for cosmology and astrophysics was developed by Drs. Brian O'Shea and Michael Norman. The AMR code generated 1.8 terabytes of data and was computed at NCSA. AVL used Amore software (http://avl.ncsa.illinois.edu/what-we-do/software) to interpolate and render 2700 frames (42 gigabytes of HD images). The simulation spans a time period of 13.7 billion years. This visualization provides insight into the assembly and formation of galaxies. James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will probe the earliest periods of galaxy formation by looking deep into space to see the first galaxies that form in the universe, only a few hundred million years after the Big Bang.

AVL(http://avl.ncsa.illinois.edu/) at NCSA (http://ncsa.illinois.edu/), University of Illinois (www.illinois.edu)

 

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Credits

Donna Cox (AVL NCSA/University of Illinois): Lead Animator
Robert Patterson (AVL NCSA/University of Illinois): Animator
Matthew Hall (AVL NCSA/University of Illinois): Animator
Stuart Levy (AVL NCSA/University of Illinois): Animator
Michael McClare (HTSI): Producer
Donna Cox (AVL NCSA/University of Illinois): Producer
Brian O'Shea (Michigan State University): Scientist
Michael Norman (University of California, San Diego): Scientist
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center and the Advanced Visualization Laboratoy at the National Center for Supercomputing and B. O'Shea, M. Norman

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Mission:
James Webb Space Telescope - JWST

This item is part of this series:
Astrophysics Simulations

Goddard TV Tapes:
G2010-014 -- JWST Media Resource Reel 2010
G2010-070 -- JWST Science Animations

Keywords:
SVS >> Galaxy
SVS >> HDTV
SVS >> Milky Way
DLESE >> Space science
SVS >> Hyperwall
SVS >> JWST
SVS >> Universe
SVS >> Space
SVS >> Cosmic Web
SVS >> Webb Telescope
SVS >> Galaxy Cluster
SVS >> Hierarchical Structure
SVS >> James Webb Space Telescope
NASA Science >> Universe