Optical/UV/X-ray composite view of the Phoenix Cluster, with a pull-out from the central region to optical/UV image. Image released August 15, 2012.
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Cavities and Sound Waves in the Perseus Cluster
Credit: NASA/CXC/IoA/A.Fabian et al.
The Perseus Cluster is an example of a black hole blasting out energy and preventing gas from cooling enough to form stars at a high rate. Repeated outbursts…Read More »
from Perseus' central black hole, in the form of powerful jets, create giant cavities and produce shock waves that keep gas warm. This does not appear to be happening in the Phoenix Cluster, at least not to the same degree. Image released August 15, 2012. Less «
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South Pole Telescope
Credit: Daniel Luong-Van, National Science Foundation
The South Pole Telescope (SPT) was used to study the Phoenix Cluster.
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NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory floats in space in this artist's concept. Image released August 15, 2012.