I sometimes wonder whether the thing that scares people about knowledge and science is how it can make you feel small and insignificant. This image is a visualization of the newest knowledge about where we on Earth fit in the universe. They’re calling it “Laniakea.”
It’s a very long way from when we thought that the Sun revolved around the Earth. For me, it engenders a sense of awe; what reaction does it trigger for you?
The video walks through the data analysis process that went into establishing our extended universal address. It’s a good example of Big Data and analytics at work.
If you’re interested there are several good articles discussing this work:
Our Place in the Universe: Welcome to Laniakea
This is the most detailed map yet of our place in the universe
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