The entire known universe has been recreated. Sounds impossible, doesn't it? Apparently a new video at the Hayden Planetarium does just that.
Entitled "Visions of the Cosmos: From the Milky Ocean to an Evolving Universe," it shows our own little star and solar system from one light year out. The video was created for the new Rubin Art Museum in New York City, and it uses data collected over a decade. This Digital Universe Atlas includes the precise location of every object ever observed in the sky. That mind boggling collection includes quasars, pulsars, black holes and nebulas.
The video, after the jump, is a sampling of the new exhibit. With the observable universe spanning 13.7 billion light years, there's a whole lot we still haven't seen, but this is enough to whet just about anyone's imagination. Just imagine the future astronomers inspired by this simulation, maybe a real Ellie Arroway or maybe the successor to David Charbonneau.
Even if it just inspires more stories like this year's abundance of science fiction films, I'll be happy. The exhibit runs through May 10th.
(via Popular Science)