Did astonomers spot biggest structure in universe?

The BOSS Great Wall (BGW), discovered by a team from the Canary Islands Institute of Astrophysics, is believed to at least 830 galaxies.

Last Updated: Mar 14, 2016, 21:42 PM IST
Did astonomers spot biggest structure in universe?
Photo credits: Volker Springel/Max Planck Institute For Astrophysics/SPL

New Delhi: In a major finding, astronomers have discovered a huge string of superclusters that span around a billion light years across.

The system is called the 'BOSS Great Wall'. It stands for the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey and is the biggest known structure ever found in the universe.

The BOSS Great Wall (BGW), discovered by a team from the Canary Islands Institute of Astrophysics, is believed to at least 830 galaxies, including four superclusters.

However, not all scientists agree that BOSS should be counted as a singular structure.

“I don't entirely understand why they are connecting all of these features together to call them a single structure,” Allison Coil of the University of California in San Diego was quoted as telling to New Scientist.

Other galactic walls that astronomers have detected in our neighborhood of the universe include the Sloan Great Wall and the CfA2 Great Wall. It is said that the newly discovered megastructure is at least two-thirds larger than both of them and possibly 10,000 times as massive as our own Milky Way.