Shining a light on cosmic darkness – Winner of the 2019 PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC

Courtesy David Orr.

Award-winning astrophysicist Debora Sijacki wants to understand how galaxies form. Carl Sagan once described the Earth as a “pale blue dot, a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark.”

The need to shine a light into that cosmic darkness has long inspired astronomers to investigate the wonders that lie beyond our lonely planet. For Debora Sijacki, a reader in astrophysics and cosmology at the University of Cambridge, her curiosity takes the form of simulating galaxies in order to understand their origins.
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