Wednesday, April 19, 2006

NASA Creates Black Hole Simulation

Previous simulations were plagued by computer crashes since the necessary equations, based on Einstein's theory of general relativity, were far too complex. But scientists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., found a method to translate Einstein's math in a way that computers can understand.
  • NASA scientists say they have reached a breakthrough in computer modeling, allowing the simulation of gravitational waves from merging black holes.
  • Astronomers said the three-dimensional simulations -- the largest astrophysical calculations ever performed on a NASA supercomputer -- provide the foundation to explore the universe in an entirely new way.
  • But scientists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., found a method to translate Einstein's math in a way that computers can understand.

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