What Would It Be Like to Fly Through the Universe?

Of course, the question has crossed your mind, at least once: What would it be like to fly through the universe? Now you can find out.

According to NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day website, the clip above offers perhaps the best simulation yet. The animated flight takes you through 400,000 galaxies (each spot represents one galaxy) and brings you to a point 1.3 billion light years from Earth. And that’s just a small slice of the larger universe. Miguel Aragon-Calvo and Alex Szalay (both of Johns Hopkins) produced the video along with Mark Subbarao of the Adler Planetarium using images from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.

On a related note, don’t miss What the f#ck has NASA done to make your life awesome?. It will remind you what NASA’s doing with taxpayer funding.

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  • wombatmobile says:

    The scale of this visualisation is greater than any other video ever made. Each spot represents one galaxy, each of which may represent billions of stars, each of which may have planets.

    What are all those pockets of space containing no galaxies?

    Why are the galaxies distributed as they are, like foam?

    What information flows between galaxies?

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