The Milky Way Galaxy is in a Void


GLOWING THREADS Simulations like the Millennium Simulation Project show glowing galaxies clumping along cosmic filaments. But the Milky Way lives in the dark no-man’s-land between the threads.

Two different theories on how old the universe is may have just come to a crossing point. It has often been questioned about the Milky Way’s positioning and based on recently gathered information, it has been revealed that the Milky Way is in a specific void. Many galaxies are close to each other, whereas our own has very few neighbors in comparison.

If the Milky Way exists in the biggest cosmic void ever observed, that could solve a puzzling mismatch between ways to measure how fast the universe is expanding.

Observations of 120,000 galaxies bolstering the Milky Way’s loner status were presented by Benjamin Hoscheit June 7 at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Austin, Texas. Building on earlier work by his adviser, University of Wisconsin‒Madison astronomer Amy Barger, Hoscheit and Barger measured how the density of galaxies changed with distance from the Milky Way.

In agreement with the earlier…

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