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At the American Astronomical Society meeting in Austin, Texas, Thursday, January 7, 1999, astronomers David Batuski and Chris Miller of the University of Maine, presented evidence of two relatively rare types of galaxy superclusters in a single colossal complex in the southern part of the constellation Aquarius. The complex consists of two long filaments, one of which is the longest such object yet seen, and a dense knot of clusters.

These findings add significantly to the emerging picture of large-scale structure in the present-day universe and provide some well-defined examples of structure that must be explained by processes in the fireball of the Big Bang. Future analysis of the knot of clusters, when studied in detail with three other similar clumps of clusters, may prove that some vast objects may be collapsing within our otherwise expanding universe.


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