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5 years, 1 month ago
I know that the Milky Way is a member of the
Local Group and the Virgo Supercluster / Laniakea Supercluster. However, I can't seem to find any information about the Galaxy cluster we belong to.
Does the Local Group / Milky Way belong to a galaxy cluster?
Apr 8, 2018 at 11:58
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contains 54 plus galaxies.
Don't know that that counts as much of a cluster.
Next up in scale, the Milky way is part of the Local Group Laniakea Supercluster
That contains about 100,000 galaxies, so it's a bit on the large size to call a simple cluster.
The well known Virgo Cluster contains about 1300 galaxies.
So it's clearly a thing of intermediate scale.
Apr 8, 2018 at 15:53
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The milky way is not part of a galaxy cluster. The local group is on a lobe of the Virgo supercluster.
Not all galaxies are members of large clusters, ours is in a small group. However the only difference between "group" and "cluster" is the size.
Apr 8, 2018 at 17:31
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