Category Archives: cosmology

Exploring the dark universe with supercomputers: article in symmetry magazine

The other day, I accidentally came across the on-line magazine symmetry (yes, it’s lower case!) which posts articles in the fields of particle physics and related topics, such as dark matter, dark energy, neutrinos, all written for the educated layperson.  I was … Continue reading

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Illustris: Creating A Virtual Universe

Illustris a bold collaborative project that is producing a cosmological simulation of galaxy formation, using a state of the art numerical code and a comprehensive physical model. It is an outstanding example of how advances in computing power enable groundbreaking … Continue reading

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The Theoretical Astrophysical Observatory: Cloud-Based Mock Galaxy Catalogues

Bernyk et al. (2014) (MNRAS 2014 on press; astro-ph preprint here) have described a much needed on-line service that I am sure many astronomers will welcome, the Theoretical Astrophysical Observatory (TAO), described as an “on-line an online virtual laboratory that houses … Continue reading

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Cosmology, Computers and the VisIVO package.

We all know how massively parallel programming is assuming ever greater importance in astronomy. This week, I  describe the Visual Interface for the Virtual Observatory (VisIVO) package and describe how it was used to visualize the results of a cosmological … Continue reading

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Astroinformatics 2013 – Day Five Morning, December 13 2013

The last day, Day Five, of Astroinformatics 2013, hosted  by CSIRO, is now underway. In this successful meeting, we have been discussing advances in data processing, manipulation and management – crucial topics in modern astronomy. You can see the agenda … Continue reading

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Visualizing Astronomical Data with Blender

Mining the science content of modern, complex astronomy data sets requires the development of new approaches to visualization, and accordingly many groups have begun to investigate new visualization tool and technologies. Brian Kent of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) … Continue reading

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Thirty Meter Telescope Science Forum

The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) is hosting the first Science Forum in Waikoloa, Hawaii on July 22 and 23 2013. The TMT is an international project to build and operate a 30-m wide-field, alt-az Ritchey-Chretien 492 segment telescope on Mauna … Continue reading

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