When you gaze at the night sky, do you ever wish you could see more than the little sliver of the universe visible from your location? Not to mention, check out all the planets and different galaxies out there hiding behind fog or smog or light pollution?
Well, there’s a new artistic mapping of the universe that just might satisfy your curiosity. Pablo Carlos Budassi is an artist who combined logarithmic maps of the universe and NASA images to illustrate the entire observable universe in one beautiful circle.
While it’s impossible to imagine what the universe might look like from one field of view, this portrayal shows what space may look like from each possible perspective on Earth. By using a logarithmic rather than a linear scale, Budassi imitated how our eyes would perceive the outside universe from Earth, rather than showing each piece of the universe to scale.
That’s why Budassi placed the solar system and our sun at the center of the image, though they’re obviously not (despite what the ancient Greeks thought) the center of the universe. Around our solar system you can see the ring of the Milky Way, and then a smattering of other galaxies, including Andromeda, the closest galaxy to us.
And the red circle surrounding the image isn’t just a pretty frame. It’s the cosmic microwave background radiation and the ring of plasma created by the Big Bang.
Budassi got the idea for the image while drawing views of the cosmos for his son’s birthday.
“I started drawing central views of the cosmos and the solar system,” Budassi told Tech Insider. “The idea of a logarithmic view came and in the next days I was able to [assemble] it with Photoshop using images from NASA and some textures created by my own.”
It’s official. Budassi gets the award for giving his son the most mind-blowing birthday gift in the universe.
(Images via Shutterstock, Twitter)