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Mind-blowing logarithmic view of the universe goes back to the edges of time

Updated Oct 18th, 2022 1:22PM EDT
Planets of the solar system
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The universe is massive, and Earth is located a long way away from the edge of our known universe. Putting that into a scale is difficult and doesn’t properly showcase just how big the universe is. However, when you start looking at a logarithmic view of the universe, it becomes easier to tell just how massive our universe is, and just how little we know about everything.

This map of the universe shows everything we’ve ever discovered

The map in question was created by Pablo Carlos Budassi. He shared an original version of the map back in 2012. However, he has updated his logarithmic view of the universe consistently over the years. In fact, it was recently highlighted as the Astronomy Photo of the Day, because it provides such a beautiful view of the universe and everything we know about it thus far.

Looking at a logarithmic view of the universe provides a perspective that a linear map just doesn’t offer. For a linear map, we’d need to take dozens of Earths to measure out distances. This would ultimately make it impossible to pay attention to the smaller parts of the image, while still appreciating the larger picture at play.

However, with a logarithmic map, we can view the universe from a multiplicative factor of “10”. Using a logarithmic scale, the Sun, Mercury, and Mars are all within the same area. We typically measure the universe in Astronomical Units (AU). One AU is equal to the distance from Earth to our Sun.

logarithmic view of the universe provides better scaling
A linear scale limits your view, whereas a logarithmic map of the universe allows you to see more at the same time. Image source: Avantgarde / Adobe

But with a logarithmic view of the universe, everything scales much easier. So, instead of 10,000 AU, the Oort Cloud would only be a small number of factors of 10 away.

This allows us to fit more into the picture, giving us a better perspective and understanding of everything around us. What makes this logarithmic view of the universe so amazing is that it lets us look to the edge of time. And we can do it without ever losing sight of the most basic objects closest to our planet.

You can check out the logarithmic view of the universe on Budassi’s website. Budassi also offers prints of the view and some other intriguing perspectives of the universe.

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