Bridging Cities of Galaxies
Planck has discovered a bridge of hot gas that connects galaxy clusters Abell 399 (lower center) and Abell 401 (top left). The galaxy pair is located about a billion light-years from Earth, and the gas bridge extends approximately 10 million light-years between them.
The image shows the two galaxy clusters as seen at optical wavelengths with ground-based telescopes and through the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect (in orange) with the Planck satellite.
Image credits: Sunyaev–Zel'dovich effect: ESA Planck Collaboration; optical image: STScI Digitized Sky Survey
Page Last Updated: May 7th, 2014
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