Large-scale distribution of galaxies at the Galactic poles

T. J. Broadhurst, R. S. Ellis, D. C. Koo, A. S. Szalay

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Galaxies, mapped in two or three dimensions, are not distributed randomly but are clustered on small scales (<5 h-1 Mpc, where h ≈ 0.5-1 is Hubble's constant in units of 100 km s-1Mpc-1), for reasons conventionally ascribed to the effects of gravity. Whether galaxies remain correlated on very large scales (∼ 50-100 h-1 Mpc) is of particular interest, because such structures are unexpected in most cosmological theories. We have combined data from four distinct surveys at the north and south Galactic poles to produce a well sampled distribution of galaxies by redshift on a linear scale extending to 2,000h-1 Mpc. Here we report our finding of an excess correlation and an apparent regularity in the galaxy distribution with a characteristic scale of 128 h-1 Mpc. This structure is revealed only after the completion of recent surveys extending to redshift z > 0.2. Similarly deep surveys with greater angular spread are needed to verify our results and to determine the implications for cosmology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)726-728
Number of pages3
Issue number6260
StatePublished - 1990

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