The universe is so vast that it seems impossible to fit it all in one image. But the Argentine artist and musician Pablo Carlos Budassi managed to do this by combining images from NASA and logarithmic maps of the Universe, created by experts at the University of Priston.
Our Sun and Solar System are in the very center of the circle, followed by the outer ring of our Milky Way galaxy, its Perseus spiral arm, the ring of other nearby galaxies, such as Andromeda, the rest of the cosmic web, cosmic microwave background radiation left over from the Big Bang, and Finally, the plasma ring, also formed by the Big Bang.
Logarithms help us to feel huge numbers, and in this case – huge distances. Instead of showing all parts of the Universe on a linear scale, each segment of a circle represents an area several orders of magnitude larger than before. That is why the entire observable Universe can fit into a circle.
This idea came to Budassi’s mind when he made paper hexagons called hexaflexons for his son’s birthday. “After I painted the hexaflexes, I began to draw the central views on space and the solar system. On that day, the idea of a logarithmic view appeared, and in the following days I was able to implement it using a graphical editor, using images from NASA and some of my own textures. ”