Astronomers have discovered one of the most massive objects in the universe

Astronomers have discovered one of the most massive objects in the universe

by Dave Mosher, Science Alert

It was hiding behind the Milky Way.

Through the thick fog of our own galaxy, astronomers have spotted an ultimate prize: one of the largest-known structures in the Universe.

Called the Vela super-cluster, the newly discovered object is a massive group of several galaxy clusters, each one containing hundreds or thousands of galaxies.

“I could not believe such a major structure would pop up so prominently” after an observation of that region of space, said Renée Kraan-Korteweg, an astrophysicist at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, in a press release.

Kraan-Korteweg and her team published their discovery of the super-cluster, named after the constellation Vela where it was found, in the Monthly Notices Letters of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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