This 18-year-old recreated the ‘Entire Universe’ in Minecraft | smart news

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This 18-year-old recreated the ‘Entire Universe’ in Minecraft |  smart news
Galaxies made of blocks.

A galaxy cluster that Slayton created in Minecraft
Chris DaCow via Youtube

Although the expanse of the universe can be overwhelming to some, 18-year-old Christopher Slayton decided to embrace the vastness rather than be intimidated by it. For almost two months, he analyzed structures in outer space and recreated the cosmos from the virtual cubes that make up the video game world of Minecraft.

Slayton, who graduated from high school in the spring, researched black holes, assessed the various shades of Saturn’s rings and looked at images of Earth to build the universe, block by block, on his computer, April Rubin reports for the New York Times.

The teenager documented the project on his Youtube channelwhere he uses the username Chris DaCow, and shared the build process in a viral reddit thread.

After all the effort to recreate the universe, “I realized even more how beautiful it is,” Slayton tells the Times.

Throughout the project, he complemented his building with hands-on, friendly experiences with viral videos. For example, before recreating Earth, the first object he ever made, Slayton decided to go skydiving, “to truly appreciate the beauty of our planet,” he says in the YouTube video. Finally, he ended up using a globe as a reference, measuring the locations of each continent to make his Earth-block to scale. From there, he went on to build every planet in our solar system.

Saturn made of blocks

Slayton’s Saturn replica made with Minecraft blocks

Chris DaCow via Youtube

For the sun, Slayton used the “brightest blocks in Minecraft” and even included solar flares to make the star “feel alive with fire,” he says in the video. As he went about creating a cluster of galaxies, he climbed to the top of a mountain with a friend and set up a telescope in an attempt to observe the real-world collections of stars, gas, dust, and planets he was looking for. replicate. .

“We were surrounded by the cosmos, millions of stars in front of our eyes,” Slayton says in the video.

glowing orb around a black circle

Slayton’s replica of a black hole

Chris DaCow via Youtube

Within his model universe, Slayton also recreated a black hole, inspired by the 2014 film. Interstellar, and created the plumes of gas and dust in the Eagle Nebula Pillars of Creation. Finally, he made a spherical structure similar to a spider web that represented the whole universe. Slayton used various “mods” or modifications that edit a video game’s existing structure or code throughout the project to speed up the build process.

Slayton’s creation follows a long line of Minecraft players setting out to rebuild mundane and otherworldly structures, including Mount Olympus from Greek mythology and Middle-earth from The Lord of the ringsWhat cabling‘s Simon Hill reported last year.

Three plumes on a blue background.

The Pillars of Creation in Minecraft, by Slayton

Chris DaCow via Youtube

The first edition of Minecraft was released in 2009, followed by a more complete version in 2011. Since then, it has become one of the most popular video games in the world, with several YouTube channels, forums, contests, and online communities dedicated to it. the. Slayton has been playing Minecraft for most of the game’s existence; he says in the video that he has played for nine years.

Beyond being a hobby, the game has practical and educational applications, such as B.Reeja Jayana mechanical engineer at Carnegie Mellon University, tells the Times. Use Minecraft to teach a materials science course.

“In my opinion, learning should be fun,” he tells the publication. β€œAnd one of the advantages of using a game like Minecraft is that it’s very flexible. It is very easy for a young child to learn to play the game, but at the same time it has been adapted to teach advanced scientific concepts.”

Slayton, who lives in San Diego with his family, hopes to explore other cosmic themes in future Minecraft projects and videos, including the fourth dimension and the multiverse, he tells the Times.

Since the universe recreation project video was posted on YouTube earlier this month, it has racked up over a million views, and Slayton now has over 100,000 subscribers on his channel, and counting. Although he is considering going to college in the future, for now, Slayton hopes to improve his YouTube channel and reach more users, he tells the Times.

“I want to tell a really entertaining story, unlike how anyone else in the Minecraft community or just the gaming community has,” Slayton tells the publication. “I want to raise the standards a little bit.”

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