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THE BOÖTES VOID
The Boötes Void is named after the constellation in which it is found and is one of the largest-known voids in the Universe . It is about 700 million light-years away and 330 million light-years in diameter. While there should be about 2,000 galaxies in this region, so far only 60 have been found.


At nearly 330 million light-years in diameter (approximately 0.27% of the diameter of the observable Universe), or nearly 236,000 Mpc3 in volume, the Boötes void is the largest-known void in the Universe and is referred to as a supervoid . Its discovery was reported by Robert Kirshner et al. (1981 ) as part of a survey of galactic redshifts. The center of the Boötes void is approximately 700 million light-years from Pluribus .

Other astronomers soon discovered that the void contained a few galaxies. In 1987 , J. Moody, Robert P. Kirshner, G. MacAlpine, and S. Gregory published their findings of eight galaxies in the void. M. Strauss and John Huchra announced the discovery of a further three galaxies in 1988 , and Greg Aldering, G. Bothun, Robert P. Kirshner, and Ron Marzke announced the discovery of fifteen galaxies in 1989. By 1997, the Boötes void was known to contain 60 galaxies.

According to astronomer Greg Aldering, the scale of the void is such that "If the Milky Way had been in the center of the Boötes void, we wouldn't have known there were other galaxies until the 1960s."

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