The Big Rip


Our Milky Way seen from above, with the arms and the central bar in their approximate known locations. There are four major arms, and one arm fragment (Orion-Cygnus) is where the sun is found. Our solar system is about 25,000 light years from the galactic core. The Norma and Outer arms are in fact the same, but the two names refer to different parts of it. The same is true of the so-called 3kpc (3 kilo-parsec) arm, which further out becomes the Perseus arm. The brief for this illustration was to show the galaxy “disintegrating” in the future when the Universe’s expansion begins to tear everything apart in a “big rip.”


Gallery wrap nestled into a wooden float frame. No glass or plexiglas needed.

Open edition.


30.25” x 19.75”







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