Large-scale structure in the direction of the virgo cluster

K. P. Flint, C. D. Impey

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We explore the distribution of galaxies behind the Virgo cluster out to z ≤ 0.1, using the CfA redshift catalog, ZCAT, in conjunction with Abell clusters and pencil beam surveys as other tracers of large-scale structure. The field galaxies of ZCAT are found to trace the same overdensity as indicated by a supercluster defined by Abell clusters in the catalog of Einasto et al. [MNRAS, 269, 351 (1994)]. On even larger scales, galaxy peaks in three different pencil beam lines of sight toward the Virgo cluster are all found to fall at z ≈ 0.08. We show this similarity in redshift to have a small probability of being caused by a random alignment, suggesting a sheet-like structure at that redshift, spanning ≳ 150h-175 Mpc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)865-870
Number of pages6
JournalAstronomical Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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