Chandra Data Suggest Giant Collision Triggered "Radio Phoenix"

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chandra_607 August 26th, 2015

Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Univ of Hamburg/F. de Gasperin et al; Optical: SDSS; Radio: NRAO/VLA

Astronomers have found evidence for a "radio phoenix" in the collision of two galaxy clusters, where vast clouds of high-energy particles have been regenerated. This composite image of Abell 1033 combines X-ray data from Chandra (pink) along with radio data (green) and optical data that reveals the density of the galaxies (blue). By tracing the history of mergers like the one found in Abell 1033, astronomers can better understand how galaxy clusters - the largest structures in the Universe held together by gravity - evolve over time.

Image Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2015/a1033/

Curator: Chandra X-ray Observatory, Cambridge, MA, USA

Image Use Policy: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/image_use.html

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Abell 1033
Subject - Distant Universe
Galaxy » Grouping » Cluster

Distance

Universescale3
1,620,000,000 light years
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 10h 31m 43.7s
DEC = 35° 2’ 39.8”
Orientation
North is 0.5° CW
Field of View
16.6 x 16.6 arcminutes
Constellation
Leo Minor

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_magenta Chandra (ACIS) X-ray (X-ray) 826.7 pm
Arrow_left_blue SDSS Optical (u-band) 355.1 nm
Arrow_left_green SDSS Optical (r-band) 616.5 nm
Arrow_left_red SDSS Optical (i-band) 748.1 nm
Arrow_left_green VLA Radio (L-band) 200.0 mm
The blue data represent the Abell 1033 galaxy number density map.
Spectrum_xray2
Arrow_top_magenta
Arrow_top_blue
Arrow_top_green
Arrow_top_red
Arrow_top_green
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ID
607
Subject Category
D.5.5.3  
Subject Name
Abell 1033
Credits
X-ray: NASA/CXC/Univ of Hamburg/F. de Gasperin et al; Optical: SDSS; Radio: NRAO/VLA
Lightyears
1,620,000,000
Redshift
0.1259
Reference Url
http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2015/a1033/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Facility
Chandra, SDSS, SDSS, SDSS, VLA
Instrument
ACIS, -, -, -, -
Color Assignment
Magenta, Blue, Green, Red, Green
Band
X-ray, Optical, Optical, Optical, Radio
Bandpass
X-ray, u-band, r-band, i-band, L-band
Central Wavelength
0.8267, 355.1, 616.5, 748.1, 2e8
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
T
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
157.9320945, 35.0443949
Reference Dimension
3600.0, 3600.0
Reference Pixel
1801.0, 1801.0
Scale
7.70791e-05, 7.7079145e-05
Rotation
-0.54
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
WCS retrieved using CXCs PinpointWCS
Creator (Curator)
Chandra X-ray Observatory
URL
http://chandra.harvard.edu
Name
Chandra X-ray Observatory Center
Email
cxcpub@cfa.harvard.edu
Telephone
617.496.7941
Address
60 Garden St.
City
Cambridge
State/Province
MA
Postal Code
02138
Country
USA
Rights
http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/image_use.html
Publisher
Chandra X-ray Observatory Center
Publisher ID
chandra
Resource ID
a1033.tif
Metadata Date
2015-08-26T12:25:17-04:00
Metadata Version
1.2
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

 

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Universescalefull
1,620,000,000 light years