2nd Place - Galactic Bloom, Alex Gurvich and Zach Hafen

This cosmic flower was not grown in nature, but by astrophysicists using supercomputers. At the center of the flower, a simulated galaxy shines in bright yellow. The galaxy is surrounded by multi- colored petals, representing different origins and consisting of many smaller lines; each is a record of the path of matter through space.

Simulations like this help scientists understand the cosmic origin story of Earth’s ingredients by breaking down the life of the material before it became the world as we know it.

Alex Gurvich and Zach Hafen

Department of Physics and Astronomy and Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration & Research in Astrophysics (CIERA)

Tools & Techniques: Stampede2 Supercomputer, Firefly Visualization Software, FIRE Simulations

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