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Conference Papers Year : 2012

Visualization of structures and cosmic flows in the Local Universe

D. Pomarede
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R. Brent Tully
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A visualization of three-dimensional structures and cosmic flows is presented using information from the Extragalactic Distance Database V8k redshift catalog and peculiar velocities from the Cosmicflows-1 survey. Structures within a volume bounded at 8000 km/s on the cardinal Supergalactic axes are explored in terms of both the display of the positions of the 30124 galaxies of the catalog and its reconstructed luminosity density field, corrected to account for growing incompleteness with distance. Cosmography of the Local Universe is discussed with the intent to identify the most prominent structures, including voids, galaxy clusters, filaments and walls. The mapping also benefits from precise distance measures provided through the Cosmicflows-1 observational program. Three-dimensional visualizations of the coherent flows of galaxies in the nearby universe are presented using recent results obtained on the reconstruction of cosmic flows with the Wiener Filter approach. The three major components of the Milky Way motion, namely the expulsion from the Local Void, the infall toward the Virgo Cluster, and the bulk flow of the historic Local Supercluster toward the Great Attractor are illustrated using different visualization techniques and analyzed in the light of the cosmography derived from the V8k redshift and Cosmicflows-1 distance catalogs.

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in2p3-00835758 , version 1 (19-06-2013)


  • HAL Id : in2p3-00835758 , version 1
  • ARXIV : 1211.2915


D. Pomarede, H.M. Courtois, R. Brent Tully. Visualization of structures and cosmic flows in the Local Universe. Advancing the Physics of Cosmic Distances, Aug 2012, Beijing, China. pp.323-326. ⟨in2p3-00835758⟩
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