Growing up you were inspired by astronomical images, stars, nebulae and galaxies and now it’s time to create a new type of image that inspires people. Astrophysicists around the world have been analyzing this data for years, resulting in thousands of scientific papers and discoveries. But no one has taken the time to create a beautiful, scientifically accurate map accessible to non-scientists. Our goal here is to show everyone what the universe really looks like.
explains Bryce Maynard, creator of the map
The final output may not be log-sized because it depicts a slice of the universe, which is “only” about 200,000 galaxies. There are, of course, a lot of these in reality, though the real fun begins when we realize that every point on the map is a galaxy, and every galaxy contains billions of stars and planets.
By moving this interactive map, we can see how the universe has evolved. Beginning at the edge and the first light emitted just after the Big Bang, we travel through the times when successive objects, such as quasars, formed, to finally reach spiral galaxies – the most common type of galaxy today.
The interactive map of the universe covers about 200,000 galaxies
As Maynard adds, on the map (which is Available at this address) We’re just one spot down. It is of course related to the Milky Way, which contains billions of stars and planets. So the map shows how huge the size of the universe we are talking about. Our galaxy is gigantic and there is no indication that we will ever be able to leave it. What about a situation where there are two hundred thousand such galaxies? After all, this is still just a drop in the ocean of the actual size of everything that surrounds us.
The Sloan Digital Sky Survey is a program that began in 2000. Over the years, it has identified nearly a million galaxies and more than 120,000 quasars. This term is used to describe sources of electromagnetic radiation of exceptionally high power. In this case, we can also talk about a galaxy, although it is called an active galaxy.
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