Glass Eye Studio - Celestial Expanding Universe

A stunning paperweight and/or decorative piece of art, The Celestial Expanding Universe is part of the Celestial Planet Collection. It makes a wonderful gift for both personal and corporate occasions, or it can be the perfect addition to your own Glass Eye Studio Collection.

3" wide in diameter, it comes in a beautiful velvet keepsake box with a story card that tells its unique tale.  Vast and mysterious, the darkness of space is speckled with tiny points of colour and glittering dichroic glass that makes this paperweight change colour when it reflects or transmits light.  A blend of science, imagination, art and creativity, this Glass Eye Studio Celestial paperweight reveals how spectacular the Universe really is.

All Glass Eye Studio products are handmade and individually crafted by artists. They are made with the ash from Mount St. Helens volcano eruption (in Washington state) that occurred at 8:32:17 A.M. on Sunday, May 18, 1980.

About our Universe:  For thousands of years, astronomers wrestled with basic questions about the size and age of the universe. Does the universe go on forever, or does it have an edge? Has it always existed, or did it come to being some time in the past? In 1929, Edwin Hubble, an astronomer at Caltech, made a critical discovery that soon led to scientific answers for these questions: he discovered that the universe is expanding.

Once scientists understood that the universe was expanding, they immediately realized that it must have been smaller in the past. At some point in the past, the entire universe must have been a single point. This point, later called the Big Bang, was the beginning of the universe as we understand it today.

The Big Bang theory states that the universe was formed about 14 billion years ago as the result of a giant explosion of very dense and hot matter. This matter expanded and started to cool down, going through different transitional phases. The universe has been expanding ever since and may be infinite in its scope. The part of the universe of which we have knowledge is called the observable universe, the region around Earth from which light has had time to reach us. 

However, current research indicates that the universe may last and expand to eternity, or it may be crushed out of existence in a reverse of the Big Bang scenario.

A new theory suggests that our universe may exist inside a black hole. This may sound strange, but it could actually be the best explanation of how the universe began, and what we observe today. It's a theory that has been explored over the past few decades by a small group of physicists.

The only question that remains now is Who are we in this limitless Universe?

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