By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
UPDATED: 21:55 EDT, 1 October 2011
Astronomers have exposed new proof that enhances the belief of interconnection between the planets and galaxies in the solar system.
Dr Stephan Keller of the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Australian National University revealed the intricate details of the findings, that connects the entire Universe.
He said: 'By examining the positions of ancient groupings of stars, called globular clusters, we found that the clusters form a narrow plane around the Milky Way rather than being scattered across the sky.'
Cosmic beauty: The findings confirmed the filament that connects the Milky Way to the Universe
'Furthermore, the Milky Way’s entourage of small satellites are seen to inhabit the same plane.
'What we have discovered is evidence for the cosmic thread that connects us to the vast expanse of the Universe.
'The filament of star clusters and small galaxies around the Milky Way is like the umbilical cord that fed our Galaxy during its youth.'
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ShareDr. Keller's study enforces the view that the structure of the cosmos is made up of long filaments of galaxies and vast voids that spans millions of light years.
'Globular clusters are systems of hundreds of thousands of ancient stars tightly packed in a ball. In our picture, most of these star clusters are the central cores of small galaxies that have been drawn along the filament by gravity.
'Once these small galaxies got too close the Milky Way the majority of stars were stripped away and added to our galaxy, leaving only their cores.
'It is thought that the Milky Way has grown to its current size by the consumption of hundreds of such smaller galaxies over cosmic time.
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