Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Perseus and Virgo Galactic Clusters

Perseus Cluster and Virgo Cluster: Two galaxy clusters about 250 million and 50 million light years away respectively.

Chandra observations of the Perseus and Virgo galaxy clusters have provided direct evidence that turbulence is helping to prevent stars from forming there. These new results could answer along-standing question about how these galaxy clusters keep their enormous reservoirs of hot gas from cooling down to form stars. Scientists targeted Perseus and Virgo because they are both extremely large and relatively bright, thus providing an opportunity to see details that would be very difficult to detect in other clusters.

Image credit: NASA/CXC/Stanford/I.Zhuravleva et al.

Note: For more information, see Perseus Cluster and Virgo Cluster: NASA's Chandra Observatory Identifies Impact of Cosmic Chaos on Star Birth.

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