Image of the Day: Supergiant Galaxy Perseus A --Billions of Stars Being Sucked into Its Central Black Hole
Chandra's X-ray image of the core of the Perseus galaxy cluster shows hot gas in and around the supergiant galaxy, Perseus A. The colors represent low (0.5 - 1 keV = red); medium (1-2 keV = green); and high (2-7 keV = blue) X-ray energies, corresponding to low, medium and high temperatures. The small dark patch (located at two o'clock from the center of the image) is due to the absorption of X rays by gas in a galaxy of about 20 billion stars that is falling into the central galaxy.
As 70 million degree Celsius gas from the surrounding cluster settles onto Perseus A, it "cools" to a temperature of 30 million degrees C and piles up to form the bright rims around the dark cavities.
The Daily Galaxy via Chandra X-Ray Observatory