su·​per·​clu·​ster | \ ˈsü-pər-ˌklə-stər How to pronounce supercluster (audio) \

Definition of supercluster

: a group of gravitationally associated clusters of galaxies

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Recent Examples on the Web Messier 87, the Virgo supercluster’s largest galaxy, is 980,000 light-years across. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 24 May 2021 Our planet orbits around an average star that moves around the third arm of the Milky Way galaxy, local group Virgo supercluster in an ancient universe that is moving ever outward. Shannon Stirone, Longreads, 29 Oct. 2020 And while their culinary offerings are also varied, these foodie superclusters have managed to stamp themselves as distinct brands with their own unique vendors in a city suddenly hot for multiple dining concepts under one roof. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, 7 Nov. 2019 Part of the problem is that there just aren’t enough superclusters to arrive at a statistically rigorous definition. Quanta Magazine, 21 Nov. 2017 The Virgo Supercluster, in turn, is a limb of Laniakea, an even bigger supercluster of 100,000 galaxies that astronomers defined in 2014. National Geographic, 17 Apr. 2019 The record of the inflaton’s breakneck ticking can be read in the distribution of galaxies, galaxy clusters and superclusters that span the cosmos. Quanta Magazine, 19 Apr. 2016 Our galaxy is a few hundred million light years from the center of the void in a supercluster of galaxies called Laniakea. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 13 June 2017 The Local Group is part of a larger supercluster called the Virgo Cluster that contains about 2,000 member galaxies. Kurt Snibbe, Orange County Register, 10 May 2017

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1926, in the meaning defined above

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“Supercluster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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