Credits: NASA Ames/David Ellsworth/Tim Sandstrom
Pleiades, the seventh most powerful computer in America is the cosmic simulation darling of NAS ( NASA Advanced Supercomputing ). Located at Ames Research Facility in California, Pleiades uses “code” based on the law of physics, observations from Hubble and data provided by orbiting satellites. Representing the sum of mankind’s understanding, intricate tangles of knowledge convene in portraits of wonder.
“Researchers around the world are studying the sun to better understand its formation, evolution, and impact on Earth. To help explain longstanding mysteries of the sun’s atmosphere, scientists turned to one of the world’s fastest supercomputers, Pleiades, located at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) facility, at Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley. This video snapshot shows a simulated view from NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) spacecraft flying above the solar surface at a height of over 6,000 miles, with a filter showing only light emitted by plasma at a temperature of about 35,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The sun’s plasma, a superheated mix of charged particles, flows and creates magnetic fields, that move through the surface and extend throughout the solar atmosphere. The synthetic image is derived from numerical simulations that reveal how the sun’s magnetic field structures its atmosphere on fine scales.”
Simulation of magnetic field loops around our Sun.
Unfettered by limited visualizations of light spectrum, connecting predictable dots allows Pleiades to illustrate the genesis of stars and galaxies.