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May 29, 2011

This is What 43,000 Galaxies Look Like On a Map

The image above is the most complete map of our local universe to date. It took more that ten years to create, has 43,000 galaxies and extends out 380 million light years from the earth. The 3D coordinates of each galaxy was recorded so the raw data could potentially be used to build a realistic 3D model of the universe. Throw in some holographic technology and you have something straight from Star Trek.

And if you're wondering where we are in all these dots? Our galaxy, the Milky Way, runs horizontally through the center of the image. 
 
 

18 comments:

Jammer said...

So weird that our galaxy is elliptical.

Max Power said...

That's great. It's so cool how many galaxies there are and how we're constantly discovering more and more. Makes you feel like odds are there has to be some other form of life out there.

TIMMYTHEROBOT said...

Looks pretty amazing - amazing how huge this galaxy is, so much we dont know yet.

Dejch said...

it looks insane

Kamatacci said...

Awesome. Now we just need a to-scale video game based in this

Shona said...

wow.. it's.... gorgeous

Bob Ross Afro Blog said...

That's pretty crazy.. Makes you wonder what else is out there.

Godlike said...

In my persepctive the universe is what contains everythig that exsits and what is soon to exsist.

How can somthing exsist if it dosen't currently exsist.
Space is so mind boggling, it's beyond my way of thinking.

But than again what is a way of thinking, you yourself can veiw somthing one way, and another person can see it another, if you could feel and see it the same way the other person sees it only than can one truly understand another persons way of thought.

Frantz Fanon said...

That looks like New Eden to me.

TMH said...

Thats crazy, everytime I think of the universe it blows my mind. The size is amazing

SeanExact said...

whoaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Barton said...

i need a wallpaper of this asap. and for the record our galaxy is not elliptical persay. its just the image that we can take.

gman said...

And that's just the known universe too...

Daniel said...

Cool, very cool!

kxxthanxx said...

it big.

VersionDouble said...

thats fantastic.

MRanthrope said...

HOLY SHITE. My mind has been blown

somethingsays said...

Guys, it's not a galaxy; it's tens of thousands of them, all coordinated on a 3d-ish plane. Amazing.