The Entire Universe In One Clever Map

Here's the Entire Universe in One Clever Map

Image Cache: A map of the known universe to a constant scale would either be very big, or very useless. But use a logarithmic scale to compress the distances as you travel outwards, and you get this gorgeous and slightly Eye-of-Sauron image. Browse through the cool photos, animations and diagrams in Gizmodo's Image Cache here.

The map was created by artist Pablo Carlos Budassi, using a series of images and data gathered by NASA and ESA missions. Starting in the middle, you move through the Solar System, past the Kuiper belt, into the Milky Way, all the way out into cosmic microwave radiation and the Big Bang's plasma on the edge.

The image has been released into the public domain, which means you're perfectly welcome to stick it onto a black background, set as your phone background and spend your commutes staring endlessly into the vortex of space.

[Pablo Carlos Budassi via Colossal]

Image via Pablo Carlos Budassi

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    Is the universe a sphere? If not what happens when you hit the edge?

      You drive straight into the next universe.

        You can never reach the edge due to expanding space.

          Thanks Jim. Perhaps I should have added a :-P emoticon to show that I was joking.

          You must be fun at parties Jim :P

          Last edited 27/01/16 11:04 am

      Space is a thing, it's made of entanglement, and more of it is spontaneously generated by the laws of physics every moment.

      If the universe has an outer edge (which I think is the most likely condition), then at that edge space is still being generated at light-speed.

      i.e. It's an edge too fast to hit :)

      Our observable universe also has an edge you cannot hit, an observational edge.

    The observable universe is only so large because it takes light so long to reach us, and it's only existed for a period of time, so while there may be matter beyond what we can see, there is only a rough sphere of visible space available. Add in light red shifting (the frequency goes from higher frequency light like UV, down the spectrum until it goes blue, red and then off the visible spectrum).

    This could mean:
    1> The bubble we can see is only part of a much larger universe, and given more time, more light should reach us unless it red-shifts out of visible range. If you were at the edge of the sphere (from our current perspective) then you would just be the new center of your own relative sphere as the speed of light is a constant.
    2> We just happen to be near the center of the big bang, and what we see is all there is. If you are at the edge you would see a whole heap of everything in one direction, and one ominous large dark region of the sky

    Spam, sorry Space travels faster than light!
    I am a fan of the multiple universe theory.

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