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Visualizing the Cosmic Web

It was designed by Kim Albrecht and Barabási Lab, Northeastern University. It is dated 2016. Its medium is video. It is a part of the department.

To develop hypotheses about the structure of the cosmic web, researchers gathered data from 24,000 galaxies and applied algorithms to the data set. Kim Albrecht built a simulation that explores 3 models of the cosmic web using fixed length (based on distance), varying length (based on size), and nearest neighbor. Researchers compared observable data with his simulation and concluded that the nearest-neighbor model offers the best correlations between physical characteristics in nearby galaxies. Albrecht’s research tool is available on the internet, allowing users to toggle between and explore the 3 models.

It is credited Courtesy of Kim Albrecht.

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