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Cosmic Pressure Fronts Mapped By Chandra X-ray Observatory

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March 2, 2000
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NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
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A colossal cosmic "weather system" produced by the collision of two giant clusters of galaxies has been imaged by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. For the first time, the pressure fronts in the system can be traced in detail.

A colossal cosmic "weather system" produced by the collision of two giant clusters of galaxies has been imaged by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. For the first time, the pressure fronts in the system can be traced in detail, and they show a bright but relatively cool 50 million degree central region embedded in a large elongated cloud of 70 million degree gas, all of which is roiling in a faint "atmosphere" of 100 million degree gas.


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NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. "Cosmic Pressure Fronts Mapped By Chandra X-ray Observatory." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 2 March 2000. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/03/000301094323.htm>.
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