Tuesday, October 20, 2009
It’s a map of galaxies! In 1986, astronomer Margaret Geller led a team of researchers to pinpoint the location of more than 1,000 nearby galaxies. The map shows that galaxies are not evenly spaced in the universe, but grouped together in narrow bands with large spaces or voids between them. Geller nicknamed the image the “Stick Man” because it resembled a stick figure with arms outstretched.