Visualizing the Universe

Utah engineers co-developing space simulation software for planetariums and home computers

Computer scientists from the University of Utah will be working with researchers from New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering and the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) to develop OpenSpace, an open-source 3-D software for visualizing NASA astrophysics, heliophysics, planetary science and Earth science missions for planetariums and other immersive environments. … The University of Utah’s renowned Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute (SCI), which produces simulation software for medical and other scientific applications, along with NYU [Tandon] and the Museum, have received a $6.3 million grant from NASA to develop OpenSpace so it can be used by students and families as well as planetarium developers.


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