Chandra: Abell 2146: Colossal Collisions Linked to Solar System Science

The most recent Chandra image release, "Colossal Collisions Linked to Solar System Science” was issued on 6/7/22, and featured as NASA’s Image of the Day on 6/9/22. A shock wave about 1.6 million light years long is stretching along the collision between two galaxy clusters.  Galaxy clusters are enormous structures containing hundreds or thousands of galaxies, hot gas, and dark matter.  These cosmic giants sometimes collide and unleash vast amounts of energy, as is the case of Abell 2146.  Scientists studying this colossal collision have found similarities to physics on much different smaller scales.

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Chandra Abell Colossal Collisions
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