by Stormfish January. 01, 2011 3844 views

this is a visualization of the “cosmic web”, done by a super computer for the so called "millenium simulation [virgo.dur.ac.uk]“, an astronomical project of the max planck institute in germany. it depics everything of our universe that we are able to detect with our current instruments; i.e. all that can be ”seen" or measured as emission from up to 13.5 billion years back in time (since looking into the farest distance of the universe automatically means looking back down the tunnel of time due to the relativistic speed of light).

what you see here is a compressed version of a data set containing over 10 billion particles, each standing for a cluster in space being detectable. basically, the light structures are clusters made of galaxies which are made of billions of stars which have billions of billions of planets. somewhere in this structure we are as well; on a scale so small it would be impossible to mark.

i wanted to post this as a reminder, maybe a ridiculous one, but nevertheless a reminder of how little any of our quarrels down here on earth, not to speak of in your or my country, with your or my neighbors, really matter in the overall scheme of things.

i wish everyone a happy 2011.

(1.2.2011) p.s.: i'm on hiatus for a while, will not post but do look into friend's blogs & marvel at your stories, just don't have too much to show myself right now.

picture credit: Springel et al. (Virgo Consortium); http://www.mpa-garching.mpg.de/galform/data_vis/#clusterpics [mpa-garching.mpg.de]

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Katrina Tapang 9 years, 10 months ago

Magnificent! :)

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Monika 9 years, 10 months ago

thanks for the reminder dear michael… but I`m afraid its effect lasts as long as one reads it or as long as one stares into the star canape of a cloudless august night, but when they awake next morning they will continue their quarrells with their neighbours, no matter how far territories will still be detected by science, because its our beliefs that are right, our objective knowing that is legitimate; i think when the center of the universe will be discovered, many people will be very disappointed that they are not it. how many of us realize the full consequence of the truth you present above? i mean, its one thing to wonder about these inconceivable dimensions but how often our thoughts and actions are really driven by science ? ever since the painful awakening caused by copernicus and so man realized that the universe has an order independent from his existence it didnt get any better, and most of us still believe it was as old as our grandparents. we invented god to give a meaning to the universe but even that sucks… there must simply be a very good reason why we live as we were the masters of universe, that human accomplishment is the ultimate goal with ultimate focus on the self; its maybe to preserve and improve the human race or it is just an offensive against the repetitious mechanism of the universe.
by the way this picture reminds me of an image of our nervous system I`ve seen a while ago … dont you think that it proves that universe was created in the image of man? ;))

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Olga Helys 9 years, 10 months ago

Colourful and great textures :))

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Jacki 9 years, 10 months ago

Terrific, just make us feel totally insignificant! :-)

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Mikkal Noptek 9 years, 10 months ago

Wonderful pattern

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Makai Dunne 9 years, 10 months ago

Good statement. It is easy to think too much of oneself until you are humbled by nature.

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Jacek 9 years, 10 months ago

Happy New Year, brother.

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
David Cardona 9 years, 10 months ago

Fantastic! Thanks for sharing and have the best 2011!

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
-- Lyency 9 years, 10 months ago

1. it looks like a 2d representation of some 3d scene
2. it looks like a seascape
3. it looks like a seaspace in 4d though
3. it looks like the (im)poster is a materialist
4. ... with a soul :/)

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Julia 9 years, 10 months ago

looks.... wonderful. i can't nothing else to say :D

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
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