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Release No.: 2018-05
For Release: Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 4:30pm

Scientists Surprised by Relentless Cosmic Cold Front

Perseus Cluster

A gigantic and resilient "cold front" is hurtling through the Perseus galaxy cluster according to data from Chandra & other X-ray observatories. This cosmic weather system spans about two million light years and has been traveling for over 5 billion years, longer than the existence of our Solar System. This image shows the cold front in the Perseus cluster where X-ray data from Chandra – for regions close to the center of the cluster – have been combined with data from the XMM-Newton and ROSAT satellites for regions farther out. The Chandra data have been specially processed to brighten the contrast of edges to make subtle details more obvious.