Vote 2020 graphic
Everything you need to know about and expect during
the most important election of our lifetimes

Here's the Entire Universe in One Clever Map

Illustration for article titled Heres the Entire Universe in One Clever Map

A map of the known universe to a constant scale would either be very big, or very useless. But use a logarithmic scale to compress the distances as you travel outwards, and you get this gorgeous and slightly Eye-of-Sauron image.


The map was created by artist Pablo Carlos Budassi, using a series of images and data gathered by NASA and ESA missions. Starting in the middle, you move through the Solar System, past the Kuiper belt, into the Milky Way, all the way out into cosmic microwave radiation and the Big Bang’s plasma on the edge.

The image has been released into the public domain, which means you’re perfectly welcome to stick it onto a black background, set as your phone background, and spend your commutes staring endlessly into the vortex of space.


[Pablo Carlos Budassi via Colossal]

Image via Pablo Carlos Budassi

Share This Story

Get our newsletter


Brent Rose

This image was made with data a friend of mine compiled and I’ve been staring at it on her Facebook page for the last week. I really love it for some reason.