Fancy a peek at the origins of the universe? Thanks to MIT and Harvard researchers, you can see the first galaxies burst into existence on your computer. Their “Illustris simulation” is the first model to accurately predict the gas and metal content and variety of galaxies observed in the universe. How complex is it? A normal desktop computer would need 2,000 years to run the simulation once. Two supercomputers were employed to produce the model, which scientists hope will help them better understand the the origins of the universe and how it formed.