Welcome

The Illustris project is a large cosmological simulation of galaxy formation, completed in late 2013, using a state of the art numerical code and a comprehensive physical model. Building on several years of effort by members of the collaboration, the Illustris simulation represents an unprecedented combination of high resolution, total volume, and physical fidelity. The About page contains detailed descriptions of the project, for both the general public and researchers in the field.

On this website we present the scientific motivation behind the project, a list of the collaboration members, key results and references, movies and images created from the simulation data, information on upcoming public data access, and tools for interactive data exploration. The short video below is a compilation made from some of the movies available on the Media page.

-The Illustris Collaboration

Recent News

Updates for the simulation and various related projects. Major changes to the website and information about a future public data release will be noted here.

17 November, 2014
The first data products are released (synthetic galaxy images at z=0), and user registration has been enabled.
16 July, 2014
Featured on the front page of the New York Times (see Press Page for story and video).
14 June, 2014
The timeframe for the full public data release of Illustris has been set as Q1 2015.
16 May, 2014
The third (and final) introductory paper for Illustris, Genel et al. (2014), is now available under Results.
13 May, 2014
The second introductory paper, Vogelsberger et al (2014b), is now available.
8 May, 2014
Illustris Nature article published.
5 May, 2014
Illustris website launched.
4 April, 2014
First Illustris paper accepted.
19 Oct, 2013
Large run finished on SuperMUC/CURIE.