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Post by Dragon Mon Jul 26, 2021 5:43 am

Moons do it, stars do it, even whole galaxies do it. Now, two teams of scientists say cosmic filaments do it, too.

These tendrils stretching hundreds of millions of light-years spin, twirling like giant corkscrews.

Cosmic filaments are the universe’s largest known structures and contain most of the universe’s mass (SN: 1/20/14).

These dense, slender strands of dark matter and galaxies connect the cosmic web, channeling matter toward galaxy clusters at each strand’s end (SN: 7/5/12).

At the instant of the Big Bang, matter didn’t rotate; then, as stars and galaxies formed, they began to spin.

Until now, galaxy clusters were the largest structures known to rotate.


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Cosmic filaments are strands of dark matter and galaxies that rotate (illustrated).

As the filaments spin, they pull matter into their orbit and toward galaxy clusters at each end.


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A computer simulation shows how a cosmic filament twists galaxies and dark matter into a strand of the cosmic web.

Filaments pull matter into rotation and toward clusters at their ends, visualized here with “test particles” shaped like comets.

They can stretch millions of light-years, making them the largest known spinning objects in space.


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