Astroblend for Awesome Astrophysical Visualizations


At the last 2015 Blender Conference, Dr Jill Naiman, a researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, was struck by Blender’s potential for processing very large astronomical snapshots that are usually on the order of 15 to 25TB.

Blender is a professional free and open-source 3D computer graphics software used, among other things, for animated films and video games.

It ended up being an excellent choice for visualizing astrophysics data. Dr. Jill Naiman created Astroblend, a Python-based add-on for Blender that helps visualize and analyze astrophysical simulations and data. 

Galaxies colliding, gas in dwarf galaxies, and other very cool astronomical visualizations along with tutorials and scientific datasets can be found on the Astroblend website.