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Astronomers create 3-D map of known universe

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Ever wonder what the universe actually looks like? Today's your lucky day. A team of astronomers have created an 18-minute video highlighting their incredibly detailed 3-D model of the known universe.

If you pay close attention, you might see the tiny blue dot that is planet Earth. Feel insignificant yet?

The video attempts to give context to something that is, to put it mildly, rather hard to comprehend. In the video narrated by Helene Courtois of the University of Lyon in France, viewers are treated to an overview of 120 million light-years' worth of space, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Of course, that's not the entire universe, because nobody (not even your science teacher) knows how big that is.

University of Hawaii astrophysicist R. Brent Tully, who worked on the video, told the Los Angeles Times that the map represents just a small fraction of what could be out there.

“So we’re only going 1 percent of the way out,” Tully said. “We’re looking at a little local pocket of the universe.”

See the full video from the Times.

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