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In Science, Uncategorized, Yale on May 13, 2009 at 2:27 pm

What does WIYN observe?

  1. Music
  2. Galaxies
  3. News reports
  4. ARRA funds

 WIYN galaxy

This image shows a deep Hydrogen-alpha image of the brightest X-ray source in the sky, NGC1275, taken by the WIYN 3.5-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, AZ, in 1999.  The WIYN Observatory is owned and operated by the WIYN Consortium, Inc., which consists of the University of Wisconsin, Indiana University, Yale University and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO)—hence WIYN.  The filaments emanating from this galaxy are likely the result of an interaction between the black hole in the center of the galaxy and the intracluster medium surrounding it. (The glowing background objects in this image are galaxies in that same galaxy cluster.)  At a distance of about 230 million light-years, this is the nearest example to Earth of such vast structures, which are seen surrounding the most massive galaxies throughout the Universe.

C. Conselice/Caltech and WIYN/NOAO/AURA/NSF.  Copyright WIYN Consortium, Inc., all rights reserved.”

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