Science and Exploration

Chandra X-ray Image of NGC 281

By Keith Cowing
Status Report
February 11, 2023
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Chandra X-ray Image of NGC 281
NGC 281

The Chandra data of NGC 281 show more than 300 individual X-ray sources, most of which are associated with the central star cluster.

The edge-on aspect of NGC 281 allows scientists to study the effects of powerful X-rays on the gas in the region, the raw material for star formation.

Image credit: NASA/CXC/CfA/S.Wolk et al. Larger image

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