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This composite image from the Illustris simulation is centered on the most massive galaxy cluster existing today. Photo courtesy of Illustris Collaboration.

An international team of researchers used resources at UT’s National Institute for Computational Sciences to develop components that would serve as the basis for “Illustris,” a collaborative project which achieved the most ambitious simulation of galaxy formation ever done. Illustris allows one to journey back and see in high detail our universe twelve million years after the Big Bang and then watch the cosmos evolve over a period of 13.8 billion years. This work has received worldwide news media coverage, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, CNN, BBC News, Der Spiegel (in Germany), Le Figaro (in France), The Times of India, and many others.