Galaxy Zoo Talk

Straight line of Objects

  • 4550930 by 4550930

    To the left of the galaxy is a set of objects in a line bottom left to top middle. Curious what they might be. Dust band perhaps?


  • Budgieye by Budgieye moderator

    The series of objects are galaxies. They often form in a row because of the Cosmic Web nature of the Universe.

    Dust is dark, unless something nearby shines on it.


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    "Large-scale structure of light distribution in the universe" by Andrew Pontzen and Fabio Governato - Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons -

    "Simulated distribution of matter in the `local' Universe. A volume of 520 million lightyears length and 100 million lightyear depth is shown. The position of our Galaxy, of several nearby clusters of galaxies, of the Pisces-Perseus filament of galaxies, and of NGC 315 are marked."

    You The Cosmic Web, or: What does the universe look like at a VERY large scale? "The Millennium Simulation featured in this clip was run in 2005 by the Virgo Consortium, an international group of astrophysicists from Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan and the United States.... galaxies and the dark matter around them formed web-like structures that resemble the shapes observed by the most recent data available in cosmic surveys, such as the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. Also very importantly: the simulation provided support for our current "standard model" of cosmology, the so called: Lambda Cold Dark Matter Model."