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A slice of the universe
de Lapparent, V.; Geller, M. J.; Huchra, J. P.
AA(Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA; École Normale Superieure de Jeunes Filles; Paris VII, Universite, France), AB(Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA), AC(Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA)
Astrophysical Journal, Part 2 - Letters to the Editor (ISSN 0004-637X), vol. 302, March 1, 1986, p. L1-L5. Research supported by the Smithsonian Institution. (ApJL Homepage)
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Big Bang Cosmology, Galactic Evolution, Galactic Structure, Red Shift, Universe, Astronomical Models, Density Distribution
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A preliminary discussion is presented of recent results obtained as part of the extension of the Center of Astrophysics redshift survey. Several features of the results are striking. The distribution of galaxies in the sample, which contains 1100 galaxies in a 6 deg x 117 deg strip going through the Coma cluster, looks like a slice through the suds in the kitchen sink. It appears that the galaxies are on the surfaces of bubble-like structures with diameters of 25-50/h-Mpc. The largest bubble in the survey has a diameter comparable with the most recent estimates of the diameter of the void in Bootes. This topology poses serious challenges for current models for the formation of large-scale structure. The best available model for generating these structures is the explosive galaxy formation theory of Ostriker and Cowie (1981).

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