If, like me, you are fascinated by the beauty of the universe, you might fall in love with this beautiful piece of art by Living World, a small design office in Tokyo Japan.
source: Living World
Based on three-dimensional data from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, they were able to create an accurate representation of the Milky Way, our galaxy. So for the first time, we can actually see our galaxy in three dimensions. The Milky Way, suspended in a glass cube, is made of around 80,000 stars, created using laser etching techniques. Our star, the Sun, is placed directly at the center of the cube. I can’t help but wonder if the reason behind that decision is related to the fact that people used to believe Earth was at the center of the universe…This cube can be yours for 80,000 yen (one yen per star?) which is a bit over $800 CDN.
Can you imagine that out of these 80,000 stars one of them has our planet orbiting around it? Not to mention the fact that, the Milky Way, our galaxy, is only one out of billions of galaxies currently observable in the universe! It boggles my mind.
Galaxies, Photo by : NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team
Wouldn’t it be cool to also be able to get our solar system and various planets and moons suspended in a glass cube as well? Maybe that will be their next step. If so, perhaps I will have contributed by throwing the idea out there. If you see it, let me know!