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A Galaxy Spiral Arm Formation

April 2, 2013

Rendering of spiral arm formation consisting of 512 time steps of 100 million particles (stars) per time step. Rendered using the Manta Interactive Ray Tracer by making each particle a transparent sphere with transparency decreasing with increasing galaxy radius. Color map corresponds to particle speed.

credit: Elena D’Onghia / Mark Vogelsberger / Harvard Supercomputer Odyssey



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