Scientists are closer to understanding the origins of the universe

Mark Slapinski

OPINION / ANALYSIS

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a new computer simulation that will help them better understand the origins of the universe. The announcement was made on Thursday via press release.

The new computer simulation Thesan, named after an Etruscan goddess, runs models from 400,000 years after the Big Bang, and through the first billion years.

Scientists have begun to use the simulation to conduct investigations into how far light could travel in the early universe.

“When we can put this all together in some kind of machinery and start running it and it produces a dynamic universe, that’s for all of us a pretty rewarding moment.”

Mark Vogelsberger, MIT

There is still a lot scientists don’t know about the early universe, and this new computer simulation will help fill in the gaps. In the future, simulations will form a bigger part of scientific research than they currently do. Eventually scientists will be able to create simulations to demonstrate everything that happened after the big bang, right until now.

Watch a Thesan simulation below on YouTube:

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