Baby Astronaut Posted January 1, 2009 Share Posted January 1, 2009 (edited) Does anyone know of a diagram of the observable universe shown in real time, like how it exists if we account for galaxy movements and cosmic expansion? Or of any group attempting to calculate where galaxies and super clusters would be today and give us the projected approximations, rather than mapping the universe in observational/past time? I believe we might be able to glean some new information about the universe if we also looked at it's modern state, rather than just its (often, eons ancient) past history. Could be that we see an unforeseen pattern emerge, or a surprising connection between events. I also believe people would like to see it just for curiosity's sake. Wouldn't you? It obviously can't be entirely accurate, for who knows the number of supernovas and unknown variables, but at least the death of many stars can be approximated. I'd imagine the present day universe, in real time, would be a lot emptier perhaps? The reason for me inquiring about this subject is because a lot of times you hear about how "presently", the universe expansion is accelerating at this increasing rate and one day most of it will pass go, and I'm left wondering if that hasn't already occurred eons ago. Get my drift? What if mostly everything has already passed the cosmological horizon? It's not something we might be waiting to happen, it could've happened waaaaay back in cosmic history. Unless I'm wrong because I'm not sure if they do calculate forward to make up for light speed's far journey in providing us glimpses into the past. But anyway, I'd like to see an approximately "real time" universe. And I'm sure others here would too. ======================== http://www.skyskan.com/Company/press/glendale.html The quoted text below is from the link above. Their system probably does what I proposed only on a fraction of the cosmic neighborhood, but it sounds like a neat thing to experience. The software used by SkyVision and DigitalSky provides a powerful way to manipulate the sky and demonstrate a wide variety of astronomical concepts in a way that is both visually beautiful and scientifically accurate. Edited January 1, 2009 by Baby Astronaut multiple post merged Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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