New map of nearby galaxies

The Six-Degree Field Galaxy Survey has completed the most detailed survey of the nearby universe so far with 110,000 galaxies. This should help us figure out how matter is distributed on a large scale, and it should also reveal how galaxies move in respect to the rest of the universe. But it's still only a tiny portion of the observable universe surveyed: a hundred thousand down, a hundred billion more to go ...

Clustering pattern nearby galaxies
Clustering pattern of about 100,000 nearby galaxies

Messages from distant galaxies

Galaxy Zoo, which is an astronomy project which takes advantage of an army of online slaves to classify galaxies, has discovered some truly remarkable galaxy clusters. The galaxies are regularly aligned to a suspicious degree as can be seen in the images below:

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Caution! Structure formation in progress

Each image of each galaxy in the above pictures has not been doctored in any way, so it is even more incredible that the galaxy clusters seem to form letters and even whole sentences. It almost makes me think that there really is a God, who turns out to be surprisingly apologetic and considerate enough to warn us while He plays with unimaginable quantities of matter.