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Distant quasar illuminates a filament of the cosmic web

January 19, 2014

nebula extending across 2 million light-years Astronomers have discovered a distant quasar illuminating a vast nebula of diffuse gas, revealing for the first time, part of the network of filaments thought to connect galaxies in a cosmic web. Using the 10-meter Keck I Telescope at the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii, researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, detected a very large, luminous nebula of gas extending about 2 million light-years across intergalactic space. Full Story

University of California, Santa Cruz

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