supercluster

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

Definition of supercluster

: a group of gravitationally associated clusters of galaxies

Examples of supercluster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "First look: Politan Row dining hall in Rice Village," 7 Nov. 2019 Part of the problem is that there just aren’t enough superclusters to arrive at a statistically rigorous definition. Quanta Magazine, "Hidden Supercluster Could Solve Milky Way Mystery," 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, "https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/space/universe/galaxies.html," 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, "Physicists Hunt for the Big Bang’s Triangles," 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, "We May Live in a Massive Cosmic Void," 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, "Why the true guardians of the galaxy work in California," 10 May 2017 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, "We May Live in a Massive Cosmic Void," 13 June 2017

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1926, in the meaning defined above

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“Supercluster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/supercluster. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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