Credit: Nature Video / Laniakea: Our home supercluster
Somewhere in the universe is a small, blue planet, the third drop from a star called the Sun. Just one of billions of stars in a spiral galaxy known as the Milky Way. But where in the universe is the Milky Way?
A team of scientists gather data on more than 8,000 of the galaxies that surround us, they mapped each galaxies position and movement in space. And for the first time, they’ve shown that the Milky Way is part of a much larger system of galaxies - a super cluster that they have named Laniakea. The Milky Way is nested in the furthest reaches of this structure on the outskirts.