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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