This still from a NASA video shows a snapshot of the universe as simulated by NASA's Pleiades supercomputer, the seventh fastest in the world. The Bolshoi universe simulation is the most realistic view of the universe to date and was released in late September 2011.
The universe is a big place, near-infintely big, but there's a structure to our cosmos that astronomers are hard at work unraveling. Take a tour of some of the out-of-this-world structures that make our universe tick in this video show, "A Blueprint for the Universe," the first stop in SPACE.com's eight-weekday series to look at our universe's mysteries entitiled: The History & Future of the Cosmos.
Episode 1: The Way of Things
Episode 2: The Dark Force
Episode 3: Yesterday's News
Episode 4: Edge of the Known
Episode 5: The Matter of Matter
Episode 6: The Grand Architecture
Episode 7: Galaxy Collision
Episode 8: Galactic Lives
Episode 9: The Tully Collection
Episode 10: Beyond the Event Horizon
Episode 11: Galaxy: Home
Episode 12: Extra-Solar Worlds
Episode 13: Jewels and Junk
Episode 14: Birth in the Family of Sol
Episode 15: The Perfect Ballet
Episode 16: Rivers in the Sky
Episode 17: Know Your Place
Episode 18: From Radar to Redshift
Episode 19: Your Universe
It took quite a bit more than seven days to create the universe as we know it today. SPACE.com looks at the mysteries of the heavens in our eight-part series: The History & Future of the Cosmos. This is Part 1 in that series.