Title: The cosmic dipole anomaly
Abstract: The ever-growing quantity and quality of astronomical data today has underpinned both the LCDM model of cosmology and general relativity as effective working theories. Yet also tensions between theoretical prediction and observation, and even between different observations arose. I will centre my presentation on one such discrepancy — the excess amplitude of the cosmic matter dipole in the number density of high-redshift galaxies. This observation represents a significant challenge to the Cosmological Principle, upon which the LCDM model is built, and motivates exploring inhomogeneous and anisotropic cosmological models, upon which I will comment as well if time permits. Altogether, I will present context and details of this analysis, and provide an overview of the relevant literature and as well as future research directions.