Chandra Digest (Apr 4): Coma Cluster

Status Report From: Marshall Space Flight Center
Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2002

** Coma Cluster: Gas Clouds Strike A Delicate Balance

The Chandra image shows the central region - about 1.5 million light years across - of the Coma Cluster. The cluster contains thousands of galaxies enveloped by a vast 100 million-degree Celsius gas cloud. Of particular interest are the concentrations of cooler (10 to 20 million-degrees) gas around the large galaxies NGC 4889 and NGC 4874.

** Operations CXO Status Report (Friday 03/29/02)

During the last week the observing schedule was replanned to include an observation of the Gamma Ray Burster GRB020321 that was accepted as a Target Of Opportunity (TOO) on 24 March. Observation of FTM0906+4952 and HS 0848+1119 were impacted by the TOO and will be rescheduled in a later load.

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