Chandra Digest (Jan 29): Centaurus Cluster

Status Report From: Marshall Space Flight Center
Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2002


** Centaurus Cluster: Vast Hot Gas Plume May Be A Passing Attraction

The Chandra image of the Centaurus galaxy cluster shows a long plume-like feature resembling a twisted sheet. The plume is some 70,000 light years in length and has a temperature of about 10 million degrees Celsius. < > SPECIAL NEWS:

** Chandra Telescope Designer Wins 2002 Rossi Prize

Leon Van Speybroeck of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts has been awarded the 2002 Bruno Rossi Prize of the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society. OUT OF THE NOISE:

** Of Parrots and the Milky Way

What do parrots and the center of our galaxy have in common? The unexpected and admittedly somewhat tenuous connection can be found in two articles published the same week in two prestigious science journals.

** Operations CXO Status Report (Friday 01/25/02)

During the last week the observing schedule was interrupted when the spacecraft transitioned to bright star hold following a long maneuver at 10.53pm EST on Jan 23.


++ Chandra in 2001: Top 10 Images Now in its third year of observations, Chandra has observed not only strange stars, but black holes, galaxies, and other cosmic phenomena. Taking a look back, here are some of the highlights of the past year with Chandra.

++ Photos from the 199th AAS The 199th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society was held in Washington, DC from January 6 - 10. See some of the scientists in action!

++ All recent New & Noteworthy features are available at

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