It’s a long way from planet Earth to the edge of the universe.
Our tiny homeworld, seemingly huge, is only 12,742 km (7,917 miles) wide.
We usually think linearly: where the sun is ~ 10,000 times further away than the diameter of the earth.
But cosmically, logarithmic scales — with each multiplier of “10” defining a different sign on our cosmic ruler — serve us much better.
On a logarithmic scale, the Sun, Mercury and Mars are practically equidistant.
Another factor of ~10,000 in distance brings us to the Oort cloud.
A short logarithmic jump takes us from the solar system to the stars.
Many of the brightest stars in Earth’s sky are less than 1,000 light-years away.
Another small logarithmic jump brings us to our nearest spiral arms.
Behind it lies the entire Local Galactic Group.
Neighboring galaxies are quickly becoming ubiquitous.
Subsequent cosmic steps reveal large-scale clustering of galaxies.
Finally, the greatest structures of all are revealed: the great cosmic web.
Many of these features are only apparent: dark energy will tear these pseudostructures apart.
At the cosmic boundaries, the edges of time are revealed: the earliest moments after the hot big bang.
Thanks to artist Pablo Carlos Budassi for creating this brilliantly illustrated cosmic journey.
Mostly Mute Monday tells an astronomical story in images, visuals and no more than 200 words. Talk less; smile more.