Pablo Carlos Budassi recently unveiled a new illustration based on almost incomprehensible logarithmic maps created by Princeton University. It shows the entire known visible universe. Though it is not a true map, it should be considered a “visualization showing fields of view” of the entire observable universe.
“Just remove a few billion light years between the objects,” is how Popular Mechanics recommended viewers to take in the enormous amount of detail and information contained in Budassi’s piece.
Here’s how it breaks down:
The outer rim is said to extend to the view of the Hubble Telescope. Much like Copernicus did in 1514, Budassi places the image of the Sun at the center of the Universe. This, perhaps, gives us perspective from where we are and our vision reaching outward. It seems logical that the parts we can see extend in a massive, multi-billion light year sphere around us. Though some have pointed out that, according to the University of California, the Universe has no center. However, it is a nice focal point for an artistic work.
Observable in the image are all the bodies of our solar system, with the Sun at the center, the Kuiper Belt, the Oort Cloud, the Perseus arm of the Milky Way Galaxy, and the Andromeda Galaxy. The outer rim is said to be comprised of the Cosmic Microwave Background, a byproduct of the Big Bang, and a “ring of plasma” said to have been created by the Big Bang.