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The Birth and Life of a Disk Galaxy [Video]

In this video, rendered over a million CPU hours by the Pleiades supercomputer at NASA’s Ames Research Center, we see the birth and life of a massive disk galaxy.

Computer Model Shows a Disk Galaxy’s Life History [via Geeks Are Sexy]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 11/5/12

Comments (5)

  1. selfassuredwithnorealknowledgebase

    Wow. How old must the Milky Way be?!

  2. mikmik

    It’s birthday is next March and will be 13.2 billion years old. She doesn’t look a day over 12 billion, if you ask me!

  3. whw

    WOW how would anything survive that chaos… fascinating!!!!

  4. ORENCY

    Er, it doesn’t actually happen that quickly! That’s actually happening in the Milky Way right now.

  5. Tresfjording

    The Milkyway is about, if we guess a little here, 13.2 billion years old. With a revolving speed of approximately 200 million years a round, Our Galaxy has only turned around itself about 68 times. This animated film is showing a larger number of spins than that. There is something missing here, don’t you think?

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