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(cosmic void, galactic void)
(empty spaces between large scale structures)

A void is an empty space between large scale structures, such as a sheet, wall, or galaxy filament, with a diameter on the order of 10 or 100 megaparsecs. They were first pointed out in 1978 by Stephen Gregory and Laird A. Thompson. Voids are of interest in cosmology, which aims to describe the distribution of matter in the universe. More voids than expected or larger voids than expected indicate some early influence that caused non-homogeneity in matter's distribution. Large voids (e.g., with diameters in the 100 megaparsec range) are called supervoids. The largest known supervoid is the Great Void or Eridanus Supervoid, which has a diameter on the order of a billion light-years.

(cosmology,large scale structures)
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Referenced by pages:
cold spot
cosmic web
Local Void
large scale structure (LSS)
Sculptor Wall
Sachs-Wolfe effect (SWE)
21-cm line
void galaxy