Animation of Galaxy Cluster / Antimatter / Matter Annihilation
Animation of Galaxy Cluster / Antimatter/Matter Annihilation
This video incorporates two videos from Chandra.
1. This animation shows a galaxy cluster, the largest gravitationally-bound objects in the Universe. Two of these mammoth objects collided to create the system that astronomers call the Bullet Cluster, officially known as 1E 0657-56. Individual galaxies are shown in white and yellow, and the intergalactic gas is shown in red. Galaxy clusters contain as much mass as a million billion suns. The strong gravitational pull of this matter squeezes the gas and heats it to about 100 million degrees, making it only detectable in X-rays. Credit: NASA/CXC/A.Hobart
2. Antimatter is made up of elementary particles that have the same masses as their corresponding matter counterparts but the opposite charges and magnetic properties. This illustration shows what happens when a particle of antimatter collides with one of matter. The particles annihilate each other and produce energy according to Einstein's famous equation, E=mc2, mostly in the form of gamma rays, which scientists are looking for using the Compton observatory. Secondary particles are also produced. This annihilation has not been seen in the Bullet Cluster. Credit: NASA/CXC/M. Weiss
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