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Super Structure - Evidence for Handedness Spiral Galaxies

  1. Aug 8, 2012 #1
    There is observational evidence for preferred alignment of spiral galaxies with alignment to the so called axis of evil in the CMB (cosmic microwave backgound 2.75K) data.


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  3. Aug 8, 2012 #2


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    The 'Axis of Evil' has been a controversial topic. Even the originator of the term has shown a change of heart [The Axis of Evil revisited: http://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0611518] [Broken]. A posteriori statistics are a notorious source of 'amazing' discoveries. Certain researchers have made a career out of them [e.g., Halton Arp]. See http://www.universetoday.com/55200/seven-year-wmap-results-no-theyre-not-anomalies/ and http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/the-universe-the-new-axis-of-evil-465199.html for discussion. The handedness 'anomaly' has been known since the early SDSS data releases, but, its significance [if any] is not well understood. Marcelo Berman hypothesizes it could be evidence for 'rotation' of the universe - e.g., http://arxiv.org/abs/physics/0610003. Other studies suggest the possible degree of rotation is very tightly constrained - e,g., http://arxiv.org/abs/0902.4575
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  4. Aug 9, 2012 #3
    The alignment of spiral galaxy spins is interesting. Interesting that no one asks why?

    The CMB is a tough nut to understand. I can make no predictions concerning that one.


    The observational data indicates there are super structures. I believe that is not in contention. There are super structures.
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