What really is the Great Attractor?

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Why is everything within 250 million light years being pulled towards the Great Attractor?

R. Brent Tully, Hélène Courtois, Yehuda Hoffman, Daniel Pomarède
Uni of Chicago

Music Credit: Adrian Chifu – Eternal Traveler

Tags: great attractor, laniakea, shapley attractor, shapley supercluster, norma supercluster, supercluster, nasa, astrum, astrumspace, gravity, dipole repeller, what is the great attractor, what is the dipole repeller

  1. Guhto1987

    Big bang reset :P

  2. alborada777

    As always a combination of interesting topics, good animations and great narration. Please keep on the good work…

  3. Pickle P

    Remember this Is theory. The theory of gravitation

  4. holdmybeer

    im going to invent a gravitron in 3 years. it will be magnificent.

  5. Eldin 007

    Plasma cosmology explains all these phenomenon

  6. Lizard King

    we’re probably just a really big alien brain :V

  7. Kurylo

    When i put on the sports day shirt, i am the great attractor ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  8. Mr. Brightside

    There are as many stars in the known universe as there are questions about it, the universe is a never ending balance between chaos and creation, it has no other form other than what it chooses.

  9. vidyaWolf

    Today I learned that astronomy can be summed up with “Basically there’s a whole bunch we don’t know yet. But someone is working on that, probably.”

  10. infantryspecter

    keep up the animations along with your explanations its great stuff

  11. James Harder

    Brilliant info, thanks for sharing this brain candy… The Diplolar Repeller and the great attractor present more congruities to the electric universe theory.

  12. k98237

    3D mapping of the Universe appears very similar to 3D Brain Wave mapping. Our Minds expand as does the Universe.

  13. Shuffelshift

    I’ve got two theories. First: The great attractor is somehow related to the big bang. It expanded and in some places in space it left holes either that or this is the moment after an explosion where everything gets pulled in for a second and then out.. second theory: this is some kind of way of the universe or an alien civilisation to fight the expansion of the universe where everything will be way to far apart to do anything in the future. When milkdromeda happens and every other galaxy is so far away that the civilisations think their galaxy is the only one.

  14. anguswombat

    Fantastic! Thank you!!

  15. Mark Nasia

    Yeah i was having coffee with a friend the other day and he was telling me how the Andromida Galaxy is headed right for us….

  16. Anyoldion

    Watching videos like this makes me feel so insignificant, I’m not sure I’m happy about that.

  17. Battlefield Boi

    when all the galaxies meet it’s alien battle royale

  18. Flower_Tower

    Very interesting video, fantastic work and great message! Thank you for that!

  19. Gman k

    The Great Attractor is the Masters of the Universe rounding up the usual suspects. Nothing ro see here! Just kidding. Absolutely great videos keep up the best work.👍

  20. Jubach

    Incredible. Great music too.

  21. David Wilcox

    something was telling me it was just going to be a bunch of galaxies with gravity adding up from them all. no big and scary black hole to worry about.

  22. USS Forbes


  23. Fewyouknewme be for

    imagine a planet made of neodmium magnet

  24. a cats

    i’m gonna say it
    oh yeah, it’s all coming together

  25. James Wise

    Wow. I love this video. So fascinating. Thank you so much!

  26. Sambojin Bojin-Sam

    Is it possible that there is a “thing” that is an insulator of gravity? Be it time, or energy distance, or something else. A property, or many, undiscovered? Where below a certain “flow value” of what we consider “mass”, once insulated from, gravity and particle interaction occurs still, but is un-reflective on our “plane” and into semi-curved-planar mode, but just that skerrik below infinite? Yet the gravitational side is as a node-point (a more complicated thing than a singular “mass” byword, and can be tilted itself from our 3-5 dimensional viewpoint?)
    Not time, just flow of gravity on our expectations of.
    Not entropic, or merely flow redirective, but not looping or continuous state loss ?
    Many things to look into

  27. Ooran_&_Iren

    Thank you for this well composed and informative video.

  28. djuidjuiful

    P A T H S

  29. Donald Smith

    Thanks for the show. I understand there’s an attractor outside the visible universe which is pulling huge swaths of sky towards something we can’t see; I thought that was the subject here.

  30. Steven Castellanos

    Astrum has the best visuals. My only gripe is that the videos aren’t longer.🌌🌠

  31. terenfro1975

    Considering time frame, all of this is completely speculation.

  32. Elijah Mendiola

    That hurt my head

  33. Hayden Kamakele

    if you are ever in need of music I highly suggest Rimworlds soundtrack, it’s magnificent.

  34. Gamer Of The NARWHALS

    Im always attrected to my bed in the morning

  35. kulurohera

    You missed mentioning new findings suggesting the presence of “Dark Flow”. Which suggests all matter in the visible universe is “flowing” towards a region of space outside of the visible universe but in the same spatial direction as the Great Attractor.

  36. Сергей Чередниченко

    Очень круто, спасибо!

  37. benjamin oteko


  38. Laughing Man

    I’m pretty sure my Ex is the Dipole Repeller

  39. Broadica

    Where is that at 0:54? It’s beautiful!

  40. marsuini

    Your work is absolutely astounding… I have never seen it all visually illustrated in this fashion. Well done, I am subscribing

  41. lucidfiredragon77

    Thank you guys! A lot of video’s about that third point have been appearing. I’ll keep thinking!

  42. Peter T

    Thank you for showing the super structures of our universe in a digestible form.
    The vastness of space boggles my mind and what pulls and seems to push whole galaxies.

  43. Riko Saikawa

    me. im so dense i bend space/time

  44. Kimberlee Brackley

    Maybe it is an electric circuit. Thank you 🙂

  45. निकम्मा

    I expected more details from you!!

  46. Will Chen

    just need to clarify that we are actually moving away faster from the Great Attractor due to dark energy than it pulls us.
    So in a few 10’s of billions of years we’ll be pretty much outside of the gravity’s influence.

  47. Abk Yoo

    at 3 am, videos like this produce a stronger gravity than even the great attractor.

  48. GodakuriOPTC

    Its crazy how the universe was here for 13 billion years, and its still just an infant

  49. LEBU

    1:52 Where is that place?

  50. Sykohsis

    Damn i was hoping it was a gigantic tear in space leading to another universe. Oh well.

  51. E.V.X

    I always end up watching Astrum….this is the true Great Attractor….of Knowledge 👀

  52. Bants

    The Shapley is where all the aliens live!

  53. Art Martinez

    Seeing these diagrams reminds me of cells.

  54. M

    I have to say Astrum, looking at these photos of these things truly appears like the microscopic insides of a living creature on many levels. Nerves, cells, etc.

  55. STriderFIN77

    Great Attractor is Amazingk!!

  56. Romelo

    space science be having me hardcore theory crafting. Like for the last 30 minutes I’ve been looking at the paused video making thinking to myself about how this all works out and where this ends.

  57. Bezzarr

    Hey Alex, even though it will still take several years, i hope you’ll be still around on Youtube to report on all the discoveries the James Webb Space Telescope will reveal. This definetely is my favourite Astronomy Channel, and I’m always eager to watch your videos. Keep it up!

  58. beckyrr1

    This was really good!

  59. Exandil

    The only great attractor is you, dummy.

  60. saravana kumar

    im really proud to be a human.
    witnessing all these marvel’s of the universe.

  61. Mr. Braddock

    Wow, man. Heavy.

  62. Space Man

    Guy, you are incredible! I cannot wait for the next episode!

  63. Bendy Bruce

    I too love the aspect of humanity that craves to better understand the nature and mechanics of the universe that we are a part of. I only wish we didn’t also have such savage disregard for the incredible world we live on. At this point, we have to regard it as quite possibly unique within our entire galaxy, and maybe far beyond that.

  64. Egypt Son

    all of that energy and i can’t eat it… just a lil’ taste.. I’ll just nibble on these two stars in the corner.. 😊mmmmmm…

  65. Simnater Croc

    I even forgot that I came here about the great attractor. I realised after 2 minutes😅 what a great video mate 10/10

  66. iggy082

    When they finally see the Great Attractor it will be Brad Pitt.

  67. Edgar Colon

    The Spaceengine music is a nice touch

  68. Shalva Quthelia

    The Great khem khem “Lorenz” Attractor

  69. JD babez

    The size and scope of space is so immense it’s hard to imagine! Great video though – with your explanations I can at least begin the grasp these complicated concepts!

  70. The Dark Lord

    Thanks man this is some new stuff I learnt today

  71. zaini ikhwan

    Great video as always~
    Could you also make a video explaining how the scientists manage to map the galaxy cause it pretty interesting and mind boggling how they manage to do the tremendous work with technology we have now….

  72. ArtFartMcMunty

    2:26 to get to the part about the great attractor, everything before that is stuff you’ll probably already know, if you have a passing interest

  73. Caldari Ghost

    I’ve wanted to know this for a long time now. Thank you for your videos :).

  74. YoghurtPlayz

    This is my theory it’s god setting a meeting

  75. iera

    3:55 We first need to understand dark matter and dark energy to be able to say anything out there ‘doesn’t add up’

  76. Malcolm Hardwick

    1:25 kinda like running up an escalator that’s going down!

  77. Nata1014

    Just such a grand scale that it is just shocking how small we are.

  78. Winston Poindexter

    1:17 that is an incredible animation

  79. universal truth

    Do you think there are even bigger structures than Shapley for instance is the Shapley being bullied and swung around by even a more monstrous super cluster

  80. nnneh1

    5.08: does nobody else think this looks like the inside of a cosmic brain?

  81. Pythoner

    you sound like that guy from south park

  82. AnimalsGamesAnything - DGD

    “What exactly is the Great Attractor?”
    “Not me! That’s what I know.”

  83. Emji _

    Im a simple man: i see Laniakea, i click the video

  84. The Exoplanets Channel

    Perfect timing. I’m going to take some snacks 👌

  85. TheNasaDude

    Oh yes I’m the Great attractor (ooh ooh)
    Pretending I’m doing well (ooh ooh)
    My need is such I attract too much
    I’m something but no one can tell
    Oh yes I’m the Great attractor (ooh ooh)
    Adrift in a cluster of my own (ooh ooh)
    I play the game but to my real shame
    the Shapley attracts a lot more

  86. Feeber Izer

    My just plated slice of pie was attracted to the floor…😣

  87. The Phoenix Overlord

    it scares me what little we know about the universe…

  88. Custom09

    Wow I never even knew this was a thing. Or that the milky way had a collision too.. I’m learning so much from this channel! amazing videos.

  89. FishRSA

    John Deere makes great tractors

  90. Skir

    Along with black holes and the existence of life itself, this phenomenon intrigues me more than any other in science. A genuine head scratcher.

  91. kirby march barcena

    One thing’s for sure, I am attracted in watching your videos

  92. keine031

    Just imagine what we will know in 100 – 1000 years. What a disgrace being limited to meat suits and not being able to see how it all pans out

  93. Nudge

    _”The great attracter”_
    Sounds like my crush

  94. Tim Seeburger

    I am always fascinated by information about the voids/superclusters and especially the great attractor. Interesting stuffs!

  95. Robert Quick

    “With increasing distance, our knowledge fades, and fades rapidly. Eventually, we reach the dim boundary—the utmost limits of our telescopes. There, we measure shadows, and we search among ghostly errors of measurement for landmarks that are scarcely more substantial. The search will continue. Not until the empirical resources are exhausted, need we pass on to the dreamy realms of speculation.”
    ― Edwin Powell Hubble, The Realm of the Nebulae

  96. GuppyG

    It’s scary how we are part of a solar system that’s part of a galaxy that’s just one small galaxy among so many others
    . We are so small….

  97. Mikosch2

    Astrum: “The universe is an impossibly large place.”
    Universe: *Exists anyway.*

  98. Acsabi44

    This is like a JRPG… You fight the main villain only to discover that they are just a mere puppet controlled by an even more powerful bad guy

  99. Mark Burch

    The truly astounding fact is how fast we’re all flying towards the great attractor. As we sit still watching YouTube videos we are traveling at 1.3 million miles per hour towards the great attractor. Think about that. That’s about 360 miles every second of every day of your life. By the time you finish reading this comment you’ll be thousands of miles away from where you were when you started reading this comment. I suddenly feel compelled to apologize for taking up so much of your time.

  100. SethJG3D

    When I’m around a couch, I feel the pull of gravity

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