home is: Laniakea Supercluster

Astronomer Brent Tully has come up with a new technique that maps the Universe according to the flow of galaxies across space and clarify Great Attractor‘s role. Brent Tully and his team have determined that our own Milky Way galaxy is part of a newly identified ginormous supercluster of galaxies, the so-called Laniakea (aka immense heaven in Hawaiian).

Supercluster Laniakea

The above illustration is an imaginary supergalactic plane of the Laniakea Supercluster, created by DP at CEA/Saclay, France. Each white dot is an individual galaxy; The blue dot to the right is our location, the Milky Way, located near the boundaries of the Laniakea. Red regions have lots of galaxies, dark blue regions are voids with few. The white lines represent flow streams, along which galaxies are moving toward the center of mass of Laniakea. Check out the following video from Nature for more.

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