Suzaku: Intergalactic Prospector

  • Released Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Recently astronomers used the Suzaku orbiting X-ray observatory, operated jointly by NASA and the Japanese space agency, to discover the largest known reservoir of rare metals in the universe. Suzaku detected the elements chromium and manganese while observing the central region of the Perseus galaxy cluster. The metallic atoms are part of the hot gas, or "intergalactic medium," that lies between galaxies. Exploding stars, or supernovas, forge the heavy elements. The supernovas also create vast outflows, called superwinds. These galactic gusts transport heavy elements into the intergalactic void.

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  • Suzaku: Intergalactic Prospector (ID: 2009123)
    Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 5:00AM
    Produced by - Robert Crippen (NASA)

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