Take a break from your back to work/school grind to see the jaw-dropping beauty of the universe.
Like, all of it.
It sounds ridiculous: The universe (or, at least what we know of it) is big -- real big. It's so big that we, arguably, can't even conceptualize this kind of vastness -- but that didn't stop Argentinian artist and musician Pablo Carlos Budassi from capturing it all in a single mind-blowing illustration.
Budassi (who got our email just after returning from a trip climbing Aconcagua Mountain) told MTV News that he has no formal training as a graphic designer, but as a musician who studied architecture back in school he's got a diverse artistic background.
"As a music and lyric composer looking for new things to write about I find myself very keen on astronomy and astrophysics," Budassi said. He was drawing hexaflagons (these super cool fold-y paper things) for his son's birthday party when he was inspired to start thinking about the solar system and the cosmos from a central view.
Using images from NASA to get the space-y ~aesthetic~ down and logarithmic maps of the observable universe from Princeton University (published back in 2005), Budassi was able to render every crazy cosmic thing we've been able to observe in a couple thousand pixels.
"It took about 5 days and about 200 grams of marijuana to assemble," he said, "...and a couple of nights some months later to fix some details."
Then, because he's a super altruistic dude, he paid it forward by putting the image out into the Wikimedia commons (which means he gave the image away for free) and he says that since he's received countless emails and notes from people who were inspired by his image.
With our solar system at the center (looking like the eye of a beautiful sci-fi storm), the image shows the outer ring of the Milky Way galaxy along with the rings of other neighboring galaxies with an outer shell of background radiation and plasma generated by the big bang.
Even if that all means nothing to you, seeing the sheer vastness of the universe at your fingertips is still enough to leave any earthling starstruck -- literally.
H/T: Tech Insider.