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Hitomi Mission Glimpses Cosmic 'Recipe' for the Nearby Universe

13 Nov 2017, 16:00 UTC
Hitomi Mission Glimpses Cosmic 'Recipe' for the Nearby Universe Robert Lupton and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Consortium

Before its brief mission ended unexpectedly in March 2016, Japan's Hitomi X-ray observatory captured exceptional information about the motions of hot gas in the Perseus galaxy cluster. Now, thanks to unprecedented detail provided by an instrument developed jointly by NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), scientists have been able to analyze more deeply the chemical make-up of this gas, providing new insights into the stellar explosions that formed most of these elements and cast them into space.

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