This Is Our Universe in a Single Image

By: | January 28th, 2018

Our Universe In a Single Image

Image courtesy Pablo Carlos Budassi

For thousands of years, human beings have observed the universe around them. But despite countless discoveries, there is still so much we don’t know.  Where does the universe end? Is there an edge at the end of the universe? The more we try to unravel the mystery and science of the universe, the more questions seem to arise.

The universe is such a big mystery that it’s impossible to conceptualize what it might look like in one image.

But musician and artist Pablo Carlos Budassi managed to show the entire known universe in a single image by combining logarithmic maps of the universe from Princeton and images captured by NASA with telescopes and satellites. Logarithmic maps help visualize huge distances, such as those depicted here.

What you’re looking at in the image below is the entire known universe crammed into one eye-like image with the solar system sitting at the center.

Below: the entire known universe in a single image

Image courtesy Pablo Carlos Budassi

In the center of the image is our sun and solar system. That is followed by the outer ring of our Milky Way galaxy, the Perseus arm of the Milky Way, a ring of other nearby galaxies like Andromeda, the rest of the cosmic web, and cosmic microwave background radiation left over from the Big Bang.

And at the end, a ring of plasma, also from the Big Bang. But no sign of a restaurant …

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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