Do Galaxies Fly Through the Universe in Formation?

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Science  09 Feb 1996:
Vol. 271, Issue 5250, pp. 759
DOI: 10.1126/science.271.5250.759


Oxford, U.K.—A pair of British astronomers say they have found the best evidence yet for a controversial claim that the speeds at which distant galaxies are receding from Earth are “quantized“—all are multiples of one fundamental velocity. In standard cosmology, there's no reason why these speeds, the result of the expansion of the universe, should be quantized. But a study of more than 200 galaxies revealed that their velocities clustered strongly around multiples of 37.5 kilometers per second. Other astronomers are intrigued but cautious.