Discovered galaxies could assist astronomers explain the ‘Great Attractor’

The Astronomical Journal on Tuesday published a paper about the discovery of a hidden galaxy beyond the Milky Way.

883 galaxies beyond the Milky Way were discovered by a team of scientists from South African Astronomical Observatory and UCT, and researchers from Australia, the USA and the Netherlands.

CapeTalk’s John Maytham spoke to Professor Renée Kraan-Korteweg, Chair of Astronomy at UCT about this discovery.

According to Kraan-Korteweg, the discovery will assist astronomy researchers in explaining phenomena such as the gravitational anomaly called the ‘Great Attractor’.

Listen to the full conversation below:

The ‘Great Attractor' has been dubbed by that because astronomers measuring distances way back had found that there was some strange streaming of a large volume of galaxies … all seemed to be moving towards some point in the sky …

Professor Renée Kraan-Korteweg, Chair of Astronomy at UCT

And astronomers were at that point in time really confused because looking at that part of the sky there was nothing that used be able to reconcile with the present

Professor Renée Kraan-Korteweg, Chair of Astronomy at UCT

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