Space Laniakea: Our Home Supercluster
Laniakea means “Immeasurable Heaven”in Hawaiian
September 19, 2014
Superclusters are regions of space that are densely packed with galaxies and they’re the biggest structures in the Universe. But scientists have struggled to define exactly where one supercluster ends and another begins. Now, a team based in Hawaii has come up with a new technique that maps the Universe according to the flow of galaxies across space. Redrawing the boundaries of the cosmic map, they redefine our home supercluster and named it Laniakea, which means “immeasurable heaven” in Hawaiian.
MORE INFO:Read the research paper: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature13674
Read Nature’s news story: http://www.nature.com/news/earth-s-new-address-solar-system-milky-way-laniakea-1.15819
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