Because of the massive nature of the universe (of course) we’ve never been able to capture a photograph of it.
This is what led musician and artist Pablo Carlos Budassi to create an image based on logarithmic maps of the universe. He utilized actual maps created by Princeton University researcher, along with images developed by NASA.
The Princeton team was led by astronomers J. Richard Gott and Mario Juric, which based their logarithmic map of the universe from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. The survey has been utilizing a 2.5-meter, wide-angle optical telescope in New Mexico to create detailed maps that include more than 3 million astronomical objects.
Princeton’s maps aren’t dynamic, so Budassi felt that he could lend his artistic talents to bring it to life.
Budassi’s image reveals that the universe is surrounded by an invisible plasma that was produced by the Big Bang. Look closely and you’ll also see that the earth sits at the center and is then surrounded by inner and outer planets — including the Kuiper belt, Oort cloud, Alpha Centauri star, Perseus Arm, Milky Way, and more.
When all’s said and done, this magnificent image reveals both the immensity and beauty of the universe we live in. Dare to meditate on it for a few minutes and you may feel your head spin a bit.