No, that isn’t an adjective, like, the names of this thing is boss, dawg. It really is called BOSS. It’s the BOSS Great Wall.
An international colaition of scientists working to map galaxies across the universe discovered it, announcing the find in the latest issue of Astronomy and Astrophysics. It’s a string of 800 galaxies, which runs a billion light years across.
(That’s six trillion miles, times a billion.)
By comparison, the Laniakea Supercluster, which we call home, is half that distance.
BOSS was unearthed by astronomers with the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey, where scientists around the globe are working together to find galaxies in space.
They took the acronym for the project and applied it the structure, which is kinda lame if you ask me. If everyone used that construct, all the planets in the solar system would be named telescope.
Anyway what is BOSS, aside from boss? Well, if a cluster is a collection of galaxies, and a supercluster a collection of clusters, a wall, which BOSS is, is a collection of superclusters.
Dope. The BOSS wall contains four superclusters and resides about five billion miles from us. It weighs 10,000 times the Milky Way.
[Via The Washington Post]