Central Black Hole Affects Massive Perseus Galaxy Cluster

"The Perseus Galaxy cluster is a dramatic example of how a relatively tiny, but massive, black hole at the center of a galaxy can control the heating and cooling behavior of gas far beyond the confines of the galaxy."

- CXC

Massive Perseus galaxy cluster contains thousands of galaxies immersed in hot gas with massive black hole at center 250 million light years from Earth. Chandra X-ray Observatory image credit: NASA/CXC/IoA/A. Fabian et al.
Massive Perseus galaxy cluster contains thousands of galaxies immersed in hot gas with massive black hole at center 250 million light years from Earth. Chandra X-ray Observatory image credit: NASA/CXC/IoA/A. Fabian et al.

December 4, 2005  Cambridge, Massachusetts - Chandra X-Ray Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts reports: "An accumulation of 270 hours of Chandra observations of the central regions of the Perseus galaxy cluster reveals evidence of the turmoil that has wracked the cluster for hundreds of millions of years. One of the most massive objects in the universe, the cluster contains thousands of galaxies immersed in a vast cloud of multimillion degree gas with the mass equivalent of trillions of suns.

 

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