At 4.5 to 6.5 billion light-years from Earth, a huge collection of galaxies has been discovered, christened the BOSS Great Wall.
Researchers have made a discovery in space where the earth is a pinhead in comparison.
This is a structure that has been christened the BOSS Great Wall. As the name implies, the structure is a 'wall' of many superclusters - groups of galaxies. Galaxies, like the Milky Way, are held together by gravity in clusters, which together form superclusters.
With a diameter of 1 billion light years, the BOSS Great Wall is the largest object ever observed.
The giant of the universe
The structure consists of 830 galaxies and has a mass of 10,000 times the Milky Way, writes New Scientist. It is hard to imagine something that is so big, but we try to put it in perspective for you. The earth revolves around one star, the sun. Our galaxy, the Milky Way, contains over 200 billion stars, and every star has an unknown number of planets.
Multiply that by 10,000 and you have the BOSS.
More gigastructures in the universe
BOSS stands for Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey. The 'wall' was discovered by a team of astrophysicists from the Canary Islands, who published an article about the discovery in Astronomy & Astrophysics
Based on this gigantic structure, which is located around 4.5 to 6.5 billion light-years from the earth, it can be investigated how the universe took shape after the big bang. A similar cosmic structure had already been found, the Sloan Great Wall, but it is smaller. And in 2014, researchers discovered that the Milky Way is also part of a large super cluster, Laniakea.