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NASA news: Violent collision pictured which will result in universe’s most massive object

NASA news: Violent collision pictured which will result in universe’s most massive object 1

An image from NASA has shown a spectacular and rare phenomenon which depicts one of the biggest and most violent collisions in the universe, as spotted by the space agency’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. Four galaxy clusters – each with a mass of at least several hundred trillion times that of the Sun – are heading towards each other which result in one of the biggest objects in the universe.

Galaxy clusters are the largest structures in the universe, each consisting of hundreds or even thousands of galaxies.

For example, the Milky Way, which is 52,850 lightyears across, is part of the Virgo Supercluster, which contains around 100 galaxies.

The Virgo Supercluster is 110 million light-years across and contains roughly 110 billion times the number of stars in the Milky Way.

The Milky Way contains between 100 billion and 400 billion stars, according to NASA.

So for four galaxy clusters to merge, the resulting supercluster will be of epic proportions, with NASA stating it will become one of the most massive objects in the universe.

NASA said in a statement: “The new observations show a mega-structure being assembled in a system called Abell 1758, located about 3 billion lightyears from Earth. It contains two pairs of colliding galaxy clusters that are heading toward one another.

“Scientists first recognised Abell 1758 as a quadruple galaxy cluster system in 2004 using data from Chandra and XMM-Newton, a satellite operated by the European Space Agency (ESA).

“Each pair in the system contains two galaxy clusters that are well on their way to merging. In the northern (top) pair seen in the composite image, the centres of each cluster have already passed by each other once, about 300 to 400 million years ago, and will eventually swing back around.

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