PUNE: For the first time in the country, a team of Indian scientists has claimed to have discovered an “extremely large supercluster of galaxies”, Saraswati, in the universe.
“Since the light from this galaxy has just reached us, we will be able to study how it (galaxy) was in the past,” is what the scientists have to claim.
This ultra large structure is on the direction of constellation Pisces and 400 light years away from Earth. “This is a very high concentration of galaxies in the universe and it is very rare. Few such structures have been observed till now and this is definitely a first from India as all authors are Indians,” said Shishir Sankhyayan from IISER, who is a co-author.
Sankhyayan said that while in 1989, Somak Raychoudhury, now director of IUCAA, had discovered such a super cluster of galaxies, he was then in the UK for his PhD at Cambridge University. “Earth, which belongs to Milky Way galaxy, is actually also a part of a supercluster called the Laniaka supercluster,” he added.