Great Attractor

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a massive grouping of galaxies in the direction of Centaurus and Hydra whose gravitational attraction is believed to cause deviations in the paths of other galaxies

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But Dekel suggests that the Great Attractor wins the tug-of-war, since the region between our galaxy and Perseus-Pisces lacks mass.
Galaxies fall toward or away from one another in this landscape; the Milky Way and many others seem to be moving toward the Great Attractor, a dense region in the vicinity of the Centaurus, Norma, and Hydra clusters about 160 million light-years away.
In August 2007, Dr Woudt spent three days at the Astronomy Department at the University of Kyoto (JP) on a working visit to Dr Takahiro Nagayama, as part of a collaborative South African / Japanese research project on mapping the Great Attractor at near-infrared wavelengths.
That's greater than the Virgo-induced velocity, which the astronomers put at 185 km/s, but less than the speed toward the Great Attractor and the Shapley Concentration, which amounts to 455 km/s.
The Great Attractor region is a large flat bottom gravitational valley with a sphere of attraction that extends across the Laniakea Supercluster.
Coarse anglers who visit the NW shop at Grassholme specifically to buy Magic Dust swear by this product as a great attractor to lure the roach close to their main bait.
Just how difficult it is to grasp the bigger picture was recently brought home to us when a group of astronomers announced that they had discovered what they called "The Great Attractor." This is a huge structure composed of many galaxies that is exerting a strong attraction on our galaxy and therefore on our solar system and on the planet on which we live.
Chopped worm is a great attractor and all species will take this bait, but it must be fed properly via the pole cup.
Galaxies, like hurricanes, usually self-organize in highly visible spiral-attractors, and the biggest thing in the universe seen so far is the wall of galaxies given the Texan designation 'The Great Attractor' (because it pulls in everything around).
The "great attractor" for traditional religion is immortality--the burning wish not to perish at death.
Selective disinhibition(31) is primarily an individual link between alcohol and violence, and the "great attractor" notions(32) is primarily an environmental link.
And the great attractor, a vast mass toward which the Milky Way and many other nearby galaxies seem headed, apparently doesn't exist (145: 271).
Our Local Group is moving toward what's called the Great Attractor, a dense collection in the vicinity of the Centaurus, Norma, and Hydra clusters about 160 million light-years away.
First discovered in the 1970s, ( the Great Attractor  is a mysterious gravitational force pulling the Milky Way and thousands of galaxies toward it at incredible speed.
This was repeated a third time and I was tempted to change my spinner but as the copper mepps was such a favourite I decided to try a smaller version in the exact design knowing that the number two copper mepps was an equally great attractor.