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YOUNGSTERS and students will soon be able to explore the universe with an app powered by a super-computer.

Hampshire teenagers are being given access to super-computing power which will allow them to explore the universe and upload films of their adventures to YouTube which could win them an iPod Touch.

SpaceMission is a mobile application for flying through large-scale computer models of our cosmos on voyages spanning several millions of Earth years.

The idea was developed by the University of Portsmouth, the INAF Astrophysical Observatory in Catania, Italy, and Intech, the Winchester-based science centre.

Pupils aged 12 and older can join in the competition by downloading a free app from Apple’s iTunes store and then obtaining a free starter code from Intech or applying at the website of SpaceMission. Competitors must search and identify specific ‘hidden’ objects, for example a collision between galaxies, within large-scale computer models of the universe.