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Laniakea: Our Home Supercluster

Superclusters – regions of space that are densely packed with galaxies – are 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 name it Laniakea, which means ‘immeasurable heaven’ in Hawaiian.

I just discovered, what our neighborhood really looks like. It’s a gentle reminder for all those that think we live alone in our universe and that we are the epitome of advanced intelligence and evolution/creation.

This is exciting stuff and notice how all these Galaxies resemble neurons, fibers and tendrils of organisms growing on earth. ‘As above, so below’, comes to mind. As well as fractals. Instead of ‘out there’ it looks like peering under a microscope ‘in here’.

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  1. i think i’d quite like to be a Laniakean. Thank you Hawaiians for another lovely name. Esp as the universe must indeed be immeasurable. After all if it ends, what’s the bit ‘outside’ it called? And how big is it? And what shape? And when does the next bit of existence start? Because how can nothingness go on forever in all directions with just 1 tiny bit of something in its midst? So true about the ‘as above, so below’ too. i thought that was a picture of the interior of an eye

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