This is a fly-around of an output from an Enzo hydrodynamics simulation which followed the evolution of a Milky-Way-like galaxy from just after the Big Bang to present (z=99 to z=0). This output occurred at z=1.

Initially, you see the full cosmological volume of the simulation of 30 Megaparsecs (~100 million light years) on a side. You're looking at isodensity contours of the gas, so brighter and greener regions imply higher gas densities there. You can see the filaments of material which have formed over time by gravitational collapse of matter in the Universe.

After a few rotations, the camera zooms in on the target galaxy, a 10^12 solar mass disk galaxy, similar to our own Milky Way. You can see it has a disk and some spiral structure in the density contours. The movie switches to showing just column density to better display the galaxy's structure.

Lastly, the movie changes modes to displaying the stellar component of the galaxy. Red stars represent old stellar populations, whereas blue stars represent younger stars. Each particle is about 10,000 stars in the simulation. From this, one can see that younger stars tend to be clustered in the disk region as is true in our own Milky Way.

For more information about the science involved in running this simulation, see .

This movie was produced using the yt analysis suite.

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