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By: Astroathens On: November 16, 2016 In: Astronomy Comments: 0
  • EXTREMELY massive galaxy cluster IDCS 1426.
  • Located 10 billion light-years from Earth.
  • Weights about 500 trillion suns.
  • Recently observed by astronomers in the most detailed study yet.
  • The light detected is from when the universe was roughly a quarter of its current age. It is the most massive galaxy cluster detected at such an early age.
  • New data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory confirms the galaxy cluster’s mass and shows that about 90% of the mass of the cluster is in the form of DARK MATTER… AKA a mysterious substance detected so far only through its gravitational pull on normal matter composed of atoms.

Photo and info from: www.jpl.NASA.gov

Image credit: NASA/CXC/Univ of Missouri/M.Brodwin et al; NASA/STScI; JPL/CalTech

IDCS1426. NASA/JPL

NASA JPL

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