Home is where the Laniakea supercluster is

Laniakea Supercluster. Credit: SDvision interactive visualization software by DP at CEA/Saclay, France.

Our Milky Way galaxy is vast—100,000 light-years across—but even the Milky Way is part of something larger. As astronomers zoom out to larger and larger scales, they see galaxies bunching up into clusters and these clusters into superclusters.

Astronomers have recently mapped our home supercluster and found that it is five times larger than previously thought. The Milky Way is just one peripheral blip out of 100,000 galaxies.

Read the full article in Scope.