Giant Galaxy String Defies Models of How Universe Evolved

[Paul Francis] [Mt Stromlo Observatory] [ANU]

Artist's impression of the string
This story was presented at a press conference at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, at 10am on 7th January 2004, US Eastern Time (2am 8th January AEST). This page contains background information for this press release.

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Animations and Pictures

Your main source for animations and pictures should be the NASA web site:

NASA News Story Website

Here is a local copy of the main animation:

3D rendering of our data which morphs into an animated fly-through of the galaxy string (mpg, 8Mb)

The animation uses data from the Anglo-Australian Telescope (at Siding Spring Observatory) and the Blanco Telescope (at Cerro Tololo Observatory), and should be credited to NASA.

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Technical Information

Paper describing the inital identification of this string (accepted to appear in the Astrophysical Journal in February 2004)

Draft paper describing spectral confirmation of the string galaxies (to be submitted to the Astronomical Journal). Still very rough.


NASA Website:

The galaxy filament was first identified using the Blanco Telescope at Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory:

Cerro Tololo Web Page

The filament was confirmed using the Anglo-Australian Telescope, located at the ANU's Siding Spring Observatory, located near the town of Coonabarabran, in the Western Plains of New South Wales.

Anglo-Australian Observatory Web Page

Last updated 4.00pm AEST 9th January 2004.
Maintainer: Paul Francis,

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