Sloan Great Wall
The Sloan Great Wall (SGW) is a cosmic structure formed by a giant wall of galaxies (a galactic filament). Until the discovery of the Huge-LQG in January 2013, it was the largest known structure in the universe. Its discovery was announced from Princeton University on October 20, 2003, by J. Richard Gott III, Mario Jurić, and their colleagues, based on data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. The wall measures 1.38 billion light years (1.30×1025 m) in length, which is approximately 1/60 of the diameter of the observable universe, and it is located approximately one billion light-years from Earth.
The Sloan Great Wall is 2.74 times longer than the CfA2 Great Wall of galaxies, which was discovered by Margaret Geller and John Huchra of Harvard in 1989. It contains several galactic superclusters, the largest and richest of which is named SCl 126. This is located in the highest density region of the structure. It is followed in size by the supercluster SCl 111.
In 2011, it was suggested that the SGW is a chance alignment of three structures, and not a structure in itself.
See also 
- Pisces-Cetus Supercluster Complex
- CfA2 Great Wall
- WMAP Cold Spot
- Large-scale structure of the cosmos
- Steady State theory
- Gott, J. Richard, III et al. (May 2005), "A Map of the Universe", The Astrophysical Journal 624 (2): 463–484, arXiv:astro-ph/0310571, Bibcode:2005ApJ...624..463G, doi:10.1086/428890 Figure 8 – "Logarithmic Maps of the Universe" – is available as a poster from the homepage of Mario Juric.
- Geller, Margaret J.; Huchra, John P. (1989-11-17), "Mapping the Universe", Science 246 (4932): 897–903, Bibcode:1989Sci...246..897G, doi:10.1126/science.246.4932.897
- Einasto, M. et al. (July 2011), "The Sloan Great Wall. Morphology and Galaxy Content", The Astrophysical Journal 736 (1), arXiv:1105.1632, Bibcode:2011ApJ...736...51E, doi:10.1088/0004-637X/736/1/51
- "The Sloan Great Wall -- Supercluster of Galaxies", SIMBAD (Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg), retrieved 2011-12-24
- Roger G. Clowes, Luis E. Campusano, Matthew J. Graham, Ilona K. Soechting; "Two close Large Quasar Groups of size ~ 350 Mpc at z ~ 1.2"; Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 419, Issue 1, pp. 556-565 ; January 2012 ; arXiv:1108.6221 ; Bibcode: 2012MNRAS.419..556C ; doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2011.19719.x ;