Hawaii scientist maps ‘supercluster’ of galaxies, names it Laniakea

September 3, 2014 9:30 PM

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The immense supercluster of galaxies that contains the Milky Way has a new name.

University of Hawaii at Manoa astronomer R. Brent Tully led an international team of astronomers in defining the contours of the supercluster. They named it “Laniakea,” meaning “immense heaven” in Hawaiian.

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