According to NASA, ORION2 has been consistent thus far. “The ORION2 simulations incorporate a complex mix of gravity, supersonic turbulence, hydrodynamics (motion of molecular gas), radiation, magnetic fields, and highly energetic gas outflows. The science team conducted many independent tests of each piece of physics in ORION against known data to demonstrate the code’s accuracy.”

To go further with their study, Pleiades has been upgraded in order to run higher resolution simulations of star formations, which could also help shed light on planetary formation.

“Higher resolution in the simulations will enable us to study the details of the formation of stellar disks formed around protostars. These disks allow mass to transfer onto the protostars as they evolve, and are thought to be the structures within which planets eventually form,” said Klein.

And based on their statement, the aforementioned upgrades definitely won’t be the last for Pleiades: “Achieving this goal will require at least double the amount of processor time on Pleiades and several hundred terabytes of storage over the next couple of years,” NASA states.