Carter Emmart is the Director of Astrovisualization at the American Museum of Natural History.In 1998, the museum and NASA teamed up to create a stunning 3-D map of the universe that shows where the Earth is compared to the universe and how incredibly vast the known universe really is.
Emmert mentioned in the video that “what the world needs now is a sense of being able to look at ourselves in this much larger condition now and a much larger sense of what home is.”
He unveiled his amazing atlas at a TED talk two years ago, and it still boggles the mind how comprehensive and visually attractive the map is.
First off, a look at Earth. Emmart was able to get extremely vivid images of mountains, rivers and valleys.
Emmart and his team took a whole bunch of satellites around the Earth to help chart where it really is in the grand scheme of things.
The Museum of Natural History also mapped out how far various places are from Earth based on the speed of light. Even one tiny second gets you insanely far.
This is how bright the sun is at one light year away from Earth. Still bright, but certainly fading.
As we travel further away from Earth at light speed, look how small the Milky Way is after 100,000 years.
Back in the Milky Way, Emmart led a mapping of all the planets and its moon, including Saturn's moon Titan that may have the capacity for life.
Back near New York City, Emmart works at the Hayden Planetarium and continues to fine-tune and improve the greatest map of all time.
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