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Mysterious signal in the Perseus galaxy cluster

Mysterious signal in the Perseus galaxy cluster

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

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. This signal is represented in the circled data points in the inset, which is a plot of X-ray intensity as a function of X-ray energy. The signal is also seen in over 70 other galaxy clusters using XMM-Newton. This unidentified X-ray emission line – a spike of intensity centred on about 3.56 keV – requires further investigation to confirm both the signal’s existence and nature. One possibility is this signal is the decay of ‘sterile neutrinos’, one proposed candidate to explain dark matter.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
16-Jul-2024 00:32 UT

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