• Bharatiya scientists discover 'Saraswati' -- a supercluster of galaxies

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    PTI, The Pioneer, dailypioneer.com
    Friday, July 14, 2017

    New Delhi -- A team of Indian astronomers has discovered
    an extremely large supercluster of galaxies -- as big as
    20 million billion suns -- which they have named
    Saraswati, Pune-based Inter University Centre for
    Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) said today.

    This is one of the largest known structures in the
    neighbourhood of the universe, 4,000 million light-years
    away from Earth and roughly more than 10 billion years
    old, IUCAA said.

    Its mass extends over the scale of 600 million light
    years, it said.

    Scientists of this institute were also involved in the
    path-breaking discovery of gravitational waves last year.

    The supercluster was discovered by Shishir Sankhyayan, a
    PhD student at the Indian Institute of Science Education
    and Research (IISER), Pune, Pratik Dabhade, IUCAA
    research fellow, Joe Jacob of the Newman College, Kerala,
    and Prakash Sarkar of the National Institute of
    Technology, Jamshedpur.

    Their findings were published in the latest issue of The
    Astrophysical Journal, the premier research journal of
    the American Astronomical Society.

    "Superclusters are the largest coherent structures in the
    cosmic web. They are a chain of galaxies and galaxy
    clusters, bound by gravity, often stretching to several
    hundred times the size of clusters of galaxies,
    consisting of tens of thousands of galaxies," the IUCAA
    said in a statement.

    Sankhyayan said this "newly-discovered Saraswati
    supercluster" extends over a scale of 600 million light-
    years and may contain the mass equivalent of over 20
    million billion suns.

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