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The Universe In A Single Picture: Artist Pablo Carlos Budassi At Work

Our universe is so vast and moving at such high speeds that we cannot ever grasp its beauty in one shot. However, when we have art, we can at least depict it from our imagination with a little help from science. Artist Pablo Carlos Budassi has created an illustration based on NASA images and logarithmic maps of the universe made by researchers from Princeton University.

Artist's logarithmic scale conception of the observable universe with the Solar System at the center, inner and outer planets, Kuiper belt, Oort cloud, Alpha Centauri, Perseus Arm, Milky Way galaxy, Andromeda galaxy, nearby galaxies, Cosmic Web, Cosmic microwave radiation and Big Bang's invisible plasma on the edge. Via Wikimedia Commons.

Artist’s logarithmic scale conception of the observable universe with the Solar System at the center, inner and outer planets, Kuiper belt, Oort cloud, Alpha Centauri, Perseus Arm, Milky Way galaxy, Andromeda galaxy, nearby galaxies, Cosmic Web, Cosmic microwave radiation and Big Bang’s invisible plasma on the edge. Picture credits: Pablo Carlos Budassi. Via Wikimedia Commons.

We cannot perceive the universe in all its immensity – this is where logarithmic maps help; they enable us to view what is too huge for our eyes to see. The maps published in a paper dating back to 2005 in the Astrophysical Journal are also available here.

Pablo Carlos Budassi’s work allows us to actually visualise the beauty of the maps by translating them into art. Representing the universe in a huge circle, he pictured our solar system, the Milky Way galaxy, Andromeda galaxy together with cosmic microwave radiation and invisible plasma.

He also used Photoshop, images from NASA and textures he made.

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