This Beautiful Logarithmic Map Fits the Entire Scaled Universe Into One Picture

Friday, 08 January 2016 - 5:30PM
Friday, 08 January 2016 - 5:30PM
This Beautiful Logarithmic Map Fits the Entire Scaled Universe Into One Picture
The universe is so vast, it boggles the mind, so needless to say it's difficult to visually represent without just drawing a black circle. Luckily, musician and artist Pablo Carlos Budassi has created a logarithmic map that manages to fit our scaled universe into a single image, while still portraying the gorgeous detail of solar systems, galaxies, asteroid belts, and more.

For an enlarged version, click here:
Universe Logarithmic Map

In order to accomplish this feat, he used a technique inspired by Princeton's logarithmic maps of the universe (below), which are nearly as space-efficient but not nearly as pretty. Logarithms are essentially reverse exponents, so he managed to portray Earth and our solar system to scale and then, by increasing the amount of space that is depicted as you move further away from the center, getting all the way to the edge of the universe.

Every "ring" in the picture is ten times farther away from the Sun than the previous ring closer to the center. As a result, we can see (from the center) our Sun, the planets orbiting the Sun, the Kuiper belt, the Oort cloud, Alpha Centauri, Perseus Arm, the Milky Way galaxy, the Andromeda galaxy, nearby galaxies, the "cosmic web," a web-like structure composed of galaxies and filaments made of dark matter, cosmic microwave radiation, and Big Bang's invisible plasma on the edge.

Universe Logarithmic Map


Via Nerdist.
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