- A team of Indian astronomers has detected a huge supercluster of galaxy that they have named ‘Saraswati’
- This newly discovered galaxy is said to be as big as 20 million billion suns
- 4,000 million light years away from Earth, the Saraswati is Earth’s largest neighborhood structure
July 14, 2017: A huge supercluster of galaxies was discovered by astronomers from India. The galaxy, named ‘Saraswati’, is as big as 20 million billion suns.
The newly discovered galaxy is the largest known structure in the neighborhood of the universe. It is approximately 4,000 million light-years away from the Earth. It is more than 10 billion years old. The mass of the galaxy extends over 600 million light years.
The team members include Pratik Dabhade, a research fellow at Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Shishir Sankhyayan, a student at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Joe Jacob, a student at Kerala’s Newman College and lastly Prakash Sarkar from National Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur.
The team’s research has been published in the Astrophysical Journal which is a prestigious Journal of the American Astronomical Society.
The team analyzed the data from Sloan Digital Sky Survey, a large spectroscopic survey of different galaxies.
It is estimated that there are 10 million superclusters in the whole universe. The milky way galaxy, where our planet Earth lives, is the part Laniakea cluster.
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