The most accurate 3D map of our Universe

The first thing we need to get from point A to point B is know where in the wold those two points are. Otherwise, it’s just a random shot in the dark, and when it comes to the universe, that random “shot” is billions upon billions of miles away.

The image pictured above is the most complete map of our local universe to date. Scientist took hundreds of pictures, X-rays, and images to piece together the map. It took nearly 10 years and at the end of it all, they were able to map out over 43,000 galaxies and it extends about 380 million light years from the Earth. At that distance, we really don’t know if the galaxies still exist, for all we know a black hole ate them up in the process, or a white hole created new ones and they are so far apart that we are actually “technically speaking” seeing in the galaxy… as it was in past.

The Light that reaches our eyes is over 380 Million years old so it’s an outdated map but it’s still “up to date” if that makes any sense?

The 3D coordinates of each galaxy is recorded and turned into a 3D model of our universe, now we just need to figure out how to get there, but for starters, we need to figure out a way to pull the map up using some sort of holographic technology like Star Trek, or Avatar an we can really enjoy our galaxy at it’s finest.

Our galaxy, the Milky Way, runs horizontally through the center of the image just so you can get a reference point.

Via:  Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Image from the 2MASS Redshift Survey