Chandra Ploughs Up a Snake In Hydra A

Chandra_245_1024

chandra_245 December 9th, 1999

Credit: NASA/CXC/SAO

The Chandra X-ray image of Hydra A, a galaxy cluster 840 million light years from Earth, shows strands of 35-40 million degree Celsius gas embedded in a large cloud of equally hot gas that is several million light years across. Also a bright white wedge of hot multimillion degree Celsius gas is seen pushing into the heart of the cluster. As the largest gravitationally bound objects in the universe, galaxy clusters provide crucial clues for understanding the origin and fate of the universe.

Provider: Chandra X-ray Observatory

Image Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/1999/0087/

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
Hydra A
Subject - Local Universe
Galaxy > Grouping > Cluster

Distance

Universescale3
840,000,000 light years
Chandra_245_128
 

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 9h 18m 5.5s
DEC = -12° 5’ 43.4”
Orientation
North is 3.3° CW
Field of View
3.3 x 3.3 arcminutes
Constellation
Hydra

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Pseudocolor Chandra (ACIS) X-ray (X-ray) 826.7 pm
DatasetID is the Chandra observation ID
Spectrum_xray1
Pseudocolor
Chandra_245_1280
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ID
245
Subject Category
C.5.5.3  
Subject Name
Hydra A
Credits
NASA/CXC/SAO
Release Date
1999-12-09
Lightyears
840,000,000
Redshift
0.054
Reference Url
http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/1999/0087/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Facility
Chandra
Instrument
ACIS
Color Assignment
Pseudocolor
Band
X-ray
Bandpass
X-ray
Central Wavelength
0.8267
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
575
Notes
D
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
139.5231159, -12.0953871
Reference Dimension
2250.0, 2250.0
Reference Pixel
1126.0, 1126.0
Scale
2.42405e-05, 2.4240496e-05
Rotation
-3.28
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
Publisher ID
chandra
Resource ID
0087_xray.tif
Metadata Date
2010-11-17
Metadata Version
1.1
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Universescalefull
840,000,000 light years