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The Yancey 09-03-2014 09:02 PM

Laniakea: Our home supercluster

For the first time, scientists have pinpointed where our galaxy stands amongst thousands of other galaxies in our home supercluster. The new map shows beautiful feathery strings linked together with the Milky Way galaxy placed on the edge of the newly named Laniakea supercluster, home to 100,000 other galaxies.

We've seen the Milky Way in superclusters before but not like this. The map of Laniakea, which means 'immeasurable heaven' in Hawaiian, shows which galaxies are being pulled by the same gravitational force thus revealing the galaxies that are tied to one another versus the galaxies that are just nearby one another.

catdaddy66 09-04-2014 12:13 AM

Re: Laniakea: Our home supercluster
It boggles the mind...

Cockypantherfan 09-04-2014 02:28 PM

Re: Laniakea: Our home supercluster

Originally Posted by catdaddy66 (Post 4248647)
It boggles the mind...

Absolutely... we just have no concept of how vast the universe is.

A. Pilgrim 09-04-2014 02:31 PM

Re: Laniakea: Our home supercluster
And there are people who think that we are the pinnacle of intelligent life in the universe...
(not referencing the divine)


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