Chandra Ploughs Up a Snake in Hydra A

By Keith Cowing
December 9, 1999
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According to NASA: “NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory image of the Hydra A galaxy cluster has revealed a possible solution to a Herculean puzzle about the fate of the largest objects in the universe.

For years astronomers have been searching unsuccessfully for large quantities of matter they believed must be flowing into the central regions of galaxy
clusters. The Chandra image of Hydra A displays for the first time long snake-like strands of 35 million degree gas extending away from the center of the
cluster. These structures show that the inflow of cooling gas is deflected by magnetic fields produced by explosions from a central black hole.”

° NASA press release

° Photos at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

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