This ‘netted’ visual is mimicked in many places: our bone structure, social relationships/internet, the formation and arrangement of neutrons (brain cells), psychedelic imagery, etc. I have to wonder if forms such as this loose lattice are part of something bigger, something universal.
Astronomers can predict—with what’s thought to be great accuracy—the large-scale structure of the universe.
The prediction, shown above, is made using the observable universe as a model and by factoring in things like expansion, chaos and dark forces. The purple in this picture is dark matter; the yellow is ‘normal’ matter (i.e., stars/galaxies/planets, etc.).
Source: Virgo Consortium [1,2], George Smoot via TED.
To add a bit of clarity to George Smoot’s talk:
- The Earth is not at the center of the universe and neither is the Milky Way. He is unclear here, but he’s speaking of the observable universe.
- His talk is not about the shape of the universe and the universe is not spherical. He is, again, speaking of the observable universe. The shape of the universe is an unanswered question in theoretical cosmology that I will never discuss here because it’s way too complicated to be understood by anyone, really, including theoretical cosmologists.
(Source: spaceinperspective, via itsfullofstars)