Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

This is what the universe looks like in a single image

universe2.jpg

Space is big. Really big. But its inconceivable scale has been humbled (to an extent) by the creative work of one Pablo Carlos Budassi.

The Argentinian artist has managed to portray the entire known universe in a single massive illustration, built using images provided by NASA telescopes and positional logarithms. And no, it's obviously not to scale.

In the centre of the image is our own solar system, followed by the Kuiper belt, Oort cloud, Alpha Centauri star, Perseus Arm, Milky Way galaxy, Andromeda galaxy, other nearby galaxies. That spangley red stuff (we're sure that's a technical term) around the edge of the circle is invisible plasma produced by the Big Bang. 

The logarithms used by Budassi were constructed by Princeton University researchers, allowing the artist to position the known elements of the universe in the right order.

Yes, of course there are a lot of details 'missing', due to the scale of Budassi's project - but it's an admirable achievement that succeeds in giving perspective of just how tiny we are amidst the vast scale of the universe.

And no, there isn't a panda hiding in it, so stop looking. 

(Images: NASA, Pablo Carlos Budassi)

Related

camera.jpg

More engineers work on the iPhone camera than on NASA's Mars missions

deathstar.jpg

Here's how NASA would build a real Death Star

landing.jpg

SpaceX did something insane last night

Comments

More

WhatsApp is about to stop working for millions of smartphone users

And it's bad news for Nokia or Blackberry users

by Tom Fordy
02 Dec 2016

Delete yourself from the internet with this handy website

And just like that, he was gone.

by Sam Diss
28 Nov 2016

Get on ‘Sindr’ the Catholic Church’s confession app

Swipe to find God in your area

24 Nov 2016

Apple to replace faulty batteries on iPhone 6s devices

21 Nov 2016

These are the worst passwords on the web

Best check yours isn't one of them

17 Nov 2016

What does Facebook really know about you

From ads to linked apps to everything in between

by David Cornish
17 Nov 2016

This Chrome extension will warn you of fake news stories

A handy Google Chrome tool for the post-truth era

by David Cornish
17 Nov 2016

An awesome paper cycling helmet wins Dyson design award

Only £4, and it'll save your life

by David Cornish
17 Nov 2016

Here are all the fake images people have idiotically been sharing

Delete these

by Tristan Cross
16 Nov 2016

Super Mario Run is coming to your mobile phone

Nintendo's mobile platformer finally gets a release date and price

by David Cornish
16 Nov 2016