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Perseus galaxy cluster

Perseus galaxy cluster

Date: 24 June 2014
Satellite: XMM-Newton
Depicts: Perseus A
Copyright: Chandra: NASA/CXC/SAO/E.Bulbul, et al.; XMM-Newton: ESA)

A new study of the Perseus galaxy cluster, shown in this image, and others using Chandra and XMM-Newton has revealed a mysterious X-ray signal in the data. The signal is also seen in over 70 other galaxy clusters using XMM-Newton. This unidentified signal requires further investigation to confirm both its existence and nature, but one possibility is that it represents the decay of ‘sterile neutrinos’, one proposed candidate to explain dark matter.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
16-Jul-2024 01:04 UT

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