Galaxy Cluster Abell 520's hot gas (Chandra)

This image shows regions of hot gas at the core of merging galaxy cluster Abell 520, detected by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. The gas is evidence that a collision between massive galaxy clusters took place.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, CXO, and M.J. Jee (University of California, Davis)

About the Image

NASA press release
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Id:opo1210f
Type:Observation
Release date:23 March 2012, 17:01
Size:2734 x 1758 px

About the Object

Name:Abell 520
Type:Early Universe : Galaxy : Grouping : Cluster
Distance:2 billion light years
Category:Cosmology

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