Modern computation generates data -- lots and lots of data. Obtaining scientific
knowledge from the results requires synthesizing vast datasets into fundamental understanding.
A single image is unrivaled in its ability to produce not only insight but also beauty, revealing as a
distillate what otherwise remains impenetrably hidden: 'a picture is worth a thousand terabytes.'
In visualization many aesthetic choices must be made. While an image
from a computer simulation or a vast dataset can be functional, it can also be aesthetic.
Astrophysics is a discipline rich in natural beauty, from planets and stars to galaxies
and the large-scale structure of the Universe.
This project is dedicated to the most arresting, most captivating, and most pioneering
visualization efforts in computational astrophysics. The hope is to inspire and motivate work beyond the
functional, and to capture the evolving language of design within the context of our humble corner of space.
Have a suggestion or an amazing example? Suggestions are always welcome.
Visualization of the direction of the gravity vector of Venus towards Earth, spanning the last 500 years.