This Infinity Galaxy Puzzle Has No Beginning or End

updated Apr 30, 2019
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(Image credit: Nervous System)

Few activities feel more gratifying than successfully piecing together a complicated jigsaw puzzle, or maybe we’re just easy to please. Either way, they’re great for the brain and they put considerably less strain on our eyes than the incessant scrolling of social media feeds. But what about a puzzle that doesn’t have a definite finish line?

In the case of the Infinity Galaxy puzzle, the possibilities aren’t quite endless but the thousands of ways in which you can assemble it should keep you preoccupied at least until we colonize Mars.

(Image credit: Nervous System)

Design studio Nervous System describes its 133-piece galactic game as having “no fixed shape, no starting point, and no edges.” The Infinity Galaxy puzzle is modeled after the Klein Bottle, a 3D shape whose inside and outside surfaces match.

Additionally, the puzzle bears the image of the center of the Milky Way, which continues from one side of the surface to the other, making it impossible to view the photo in its entirety. If that sounds way complicated, then expect this next puzzle detail to fry your brain: the unique shape means that pieces from the right side can only be connected to the left side after they’ve been flipped over.

(Image credit: Nervous System)

So, our heads are officially spinning, which hints at the difficulty of the puzzle considering we have yet to even take a stab at it. But if we could, we’d start with one of its three whimsy pieces—an astronaut, a satellite and a space shuttle—but not before cracking our knuckles, grabbing a snack and settling in for the long haul.

Check out a video of the puzzle below:

The first run is already sold out, but you can preorder one that will ship early next year for $130.