Space experts at Durham University have created a video showing the positions of all the galaxies in the universe that have been mapped so far.
Researcher Will Parr and scientists Dr Mark Swinbank and Dr Peder Norberg, of the university’s Institute for Computational Cosmology, generated a stunning flythrough showing the real positions of the known stars in the universe.
The video can be viewed above.
The trio used data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) and the Galaxy and Mass Assembly catalogue to make sure the galaxies were to scale.
“Distances are to scale, but the galaxy images have been enlarged for your viewing pleasure,” they explained when the video was posted online.
The work was supported by the Ogden Trust, the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the Royal Society.
The video follows research by Australian astronomers who found galaxies in the vast empty regions of the universe are aligned in delicate strings.
A team of astronomers based at The University of Western Australia node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) found short strings of faint galaxies in what were previously thought to be extremely empty parts of space.
Video courtesy of Will Parr, Dr Mark Swinbank and Dr Peder Norberg (Durham University).