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The Laniakea supercluster of galaxies

Overview of attention for article published in Nature, September 2014
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Title
The Laniakea supercluster of galaxies
Published in
Nature, September 2014
DOI 10.1038/nature13674
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Authors

R. Brent Tully, Hélène Courtois, Yehuda Hoffman, Daniel Pomarède

Abstract

Galaxies congregate in clusters and along filaments, and are missing from large regions referred to as voids. These structures are seen in maps derived from spectroscopic surveys that reveal networks of structure that are interconnected with no clear boundaries. Extended regions with a high concentration of galaxies are called 'superclusters', although this term is not precise. There is, however, another way to analyse the structure. If the distance to each galaxy from Earth is directly measured, then the peculiar velocity can be derived from the subtraction of the mean cosmic expansion, the product of distance times the Hubble constant, from observed velocity. The peculiar velocity is the line-of-sight departure from the cosmic expansion and arises from gravitational perturbations; a map of peculiar velocities can be translated into a map of the distribution of matter. Here we report a map of structure made using a catalogue of peculiar velocities. We find locations where peculiar velocity flows diverge, as water does at watershed divides, and we trace the surface of divergent points that surrounds us. Within the volume enclosed by this surface, the motions of galaxies are inward after removal of the mean cosmic expansion and long range flows. We define a supercluster to be the volume within such a surface, and so we are defining the extent of our home supercluster, which we call Laniakea.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 5 3%
Canada 4 2%
Spain 2 1%
United Kingdom 2 1%
South Africa 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Ecuador 1 <1%
India 1 <1%
France 1 <1%
Other 5 3%
Unknown 158 87%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 48 27%
Researcher 33 18%
Student > Bachelor 20 11%
Student > Master 18 10%
Professor > Associate Professor 13 7%
Other 37 20%
Unknown 12 7%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Physics and Astronomy 93 51%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 18 10%
Engineering 8 4%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 7 4%
Chemistry 6 3%
Other 33 18%
Unknown 16 9%

Attention Score in Context

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#6,220
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Outputs from Nature
#816
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Outputs of similar age
#53
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#16
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