The Local Supercluster of galaxies (also know as the Virgo Supercluster) is the irregular supercluster that contains the Local Group of galaxies, which in turn contains the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies. At least 100 galaxy groups and clusters are located within its diameter of 33 megaparsecs (110 million light-years).
Notes from the Astronomy Underground: Another Shameless PlugLast Updated on 2008-07-25 00:00:00
Things have been rather frenzied this summer, to say the least. I'm quickly learning that the once-venerated HST is a dilapidated geriatrics ward of telescopy, one whose shoddy WFPC2 camera I can only imagine was MacGuyvered from popsicle sticks, dryer lint, and unsold copies of Deep Blue Something's latest album. Because, well, we're never really going to run out of those, now are we?
But there has been one very positive development in the last few months. As a serious Dude of Outreach here, I've had a chance to look into the Hayden Planetarium's latest version of their Digital Universe Atlas. This runs on Partiview, visualization software that allows you the thrill of aimless, haphazard flight without the disappointment of waking up from that amazing dream or crashing from that Friday night post-rave mescaline high.
Or in my case, it saves me from doing grownup work and lets me play... More »
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