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Largest structure in the universe discovered
Astronomers under leadership of academics from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have discovered the largest structure in the universe. It’ s a clump of active galactic cores that stretches 4 billion light-years (or 1200 Megaparsecs) from end to end. The large quasar group (LQG) would take 4 billion years to travel across at the speed of light, it’s that big.
The scale of the structure also means that it challenges modern cosmological theory, according to lead scientist Dr Roger Clowes. The reason it challenges modern cosmological theory is the fact that, according to calculations, astrophysicists should not be able to find a structure larger than 370 Mpc.
In comparison, the distance between our nearest neighbor the Andromeda Galaxy and our own galaxy, The Milky Way, is ‘just’ 2,5 million light-years. This means the size of the LQG structure is 1600 times bigger than that distance.
Last but not least, the immense size means it challenges the Cosmological Principle - which means that the universe looks the same no matter who you are or where you are observing it from.
Image credit: R. G. Clowes / UCLan
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Original paper on Oxfordjournals:: HTTP://MNRAS.OXFORDJOURNALS.ORG/CONTENT/EARLY/2013/01/07/MNRAS.STS497.FULL.