A Visually Stunning Presentation Of The Universe

Map of the Universe

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.

Even Emmart's mapping of the planets' orbit around the sun is fascinating.

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.

Travel just an hour at the speed of light and you're nearly out of our solar system.

If you go a mere hour at the speed of light, Earth is barely even recognisable anymore.

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.

The parts of the universe Emmart had mapped in 2010 only goes back 100 million light years.

This is a breathtaking look at what we'd see if we traveled back five billion light years.

And this is what the universe looked like right after the Big Bang.

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.

Earth has some equally incredible views

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