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Coming soon: Cosmos Archaeology

Explorations in Time and Space


Cosmos Archaeology is an exhibition, co-organized by the Laboratory of Experimental Museology (EM+), the Laboratory of Astrophysics (LASTRO) and EPFL Pavilions.

  1. NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), A. Nota (ESA/STScI), and the Westerlund 2 Science Team
  2. ESO, ESA/Hubble & NASA
  3. ESA/Hubble & NASA
  4. ESA/Hubble & NASA, J. Lee Acknowledgement: Leo Shatz

Big data is making undeniable progress in all fields of research. It is revolutionizing the way scientists explore the world and produce knowledge.

In astrophysics, with upcoming large-scale ground-based initiatives such as the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) or the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA), scientists will have to deal with exabyte-sized data sets. In parallel to the observations, numerical simulations have become essential to understand the formation and evolution of our Universe. The state of the art of cosmological numerical simulations has now reached a level that allows the inclusion of several billion mass elements (up to several trillion when only gravity is included).

Since 2020, LASTRO, eM+ and IIG (Immersive Interaction Research Group) have been collaborating on a research project called Immersive Environment for Cosmological Big Data. By combining their expertise, the three laboratories aim to develop new methods to explore, via virtual reality, huge datasets from observations and simulations.

In addition to its interest for scientists, this research project provides interesting ways to communicate with the public: Cosmos Archaeology will mix historical approaches, cutting-edge scientific data, innovative immersive museographic devices and artworks.

The exhibition will reveal the Cosmos as a moving living structure.