“Cosmic Explorer” by Norman

  • ©Michael L. Norman



    Cosmic Explorer

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    National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)


    The Cosmic Explorer is motivated by Cod Sagan’s imaginary space ship in the PBS series Cosmos, in which he explores the far corners of the universe. In this implementation, the user explores the formation of the universe, the generation of astrophysical jets, and colliding galaxies by means of numerical simulations and virtual reality technology. This application demonstrates human-oriented paradigms for examining large sets of data that contain spatial and temporal information. By allowing a human to explore these databases as they might explore a physical place, a user can take advantage of human experience rather than technological prowess to comprehend the data.

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