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Ultimate timelapse? NASA posts amazing universe simulation.

Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Sunday, May 18, 2014, 10:25 AM -

We often feature timelapse content here at The Weather Network, but it's a little hard to top NASA's latest gem: A computer simulation of the evolution of the universe.

You can watch our cosmos' 13 billion-year lifespan unfold in the space of two and a half minutes, set to a soothing soundrack by Media Right Productions.

Featured on Astronomy Picture of the Day, NASA says it's the largest and most sophisticated simulation ever produced, and it's a doozy. Putting it together took around 20 million CPU hours, following 12 billion resolution elements, on a simulated cube 35 million light years on a side, as a collaboration with Illustris, NASA and various university research institutes.

Interestingly, NASA says the simulation isn't perfect, and it's looking into why the model extrapolates more old stars than have been observed in reality.

It certainly has a way of making you feel small.

NASA has a full explanation of the numerous changes blasting to life right here.

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