Thursday 23 November 2017

Milky Way galaxy is 'being pushed across the universe'

There are up to 400 billion other stars and at least 100 billion planets in The Milky Way, our local galaxy.
There are up to 400 billion other stars and at least 100 billion planets in The Milky Way, our local galaxy.
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Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The Milky Way galaxy is being pushed across the universe by an invisible force new research has found – but the move is helpful.

The newly discovered Dipole Repeller has been pinpointed by a new study as the force that is moving the galaxy across the universe, something we have known is happening for years.

"Now we find an emptiness in exactly the opposite direction, which provides a 'push' in the sense of a lack of pull," said Brent Tully, one of the study authors and an astronomer at the Institute for Astronomy in Honolulu told CNN news.

"In a tug-of-war, if there are more people at one end, then the flow will be toward them and away from the weaker side."

It is believed that the Milky Way is moving towards a clusters of galaxies 750 million light-years away, called the Shapley Concentration or Shapley Attractor.

 

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