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Behind The Name Laniakea

Usage Hawaiian, Astronomy…

Meaning & History
The name Laniakea means "immeasurable heaven" in Hawaiian,

  • from "lani" for 'heaven'
  • and "akea" for 'spacious' or 'immeasurable'.

Laniakea is the galaxy supercluster that is home to the Milky Way, the [[Solar System]]] and Earth.

It was defined in September 2014 by Nawa'a Napoleon, an associate professor of Hawaiian Language at Kapiolani Community College.

The name honors Polynesian navigators who used heavenly knowledge to navigate the Pacific Ocean.


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Most Detailed Map of the Universe (Currently) – Laniakea: Our home supercluster

SupercLusTers – regions of space that are densely packed with galaxies – are the biggest structures in the Universe. But scientists have struggled to define exactly where one supercluster ends and another begins. Now, a team based in Hawaii has come up with a new technique that maps the ObservabLe Universe according to the flow of galaxies across space. Redrawing the boundaries of the cosmic map, they redefine our home supercluster and name it Laniakea, which means ‘immeasurable heaven’ in Hawaiian.

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The Laniakea Supercluster encompasses approximately 100,000 galaxies stretched out over 160 megaparsecs (520 million light-years)

It has the approximate mass of 1017 solar masses…


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