Abell 3266 is a cluster of galaxies 800 million light-years from Earth. The study of this colliding system allowed a group of scientists to discover new and extremely interesting features.
The radio emission of this object, as is often the case, has raised many new questions, instead of unraveling the riddle. These phenomena have never been observed in the same cluster: an unusually oriented radio emission from a dead galaxy and a radio halo of an as yet unknown nature.
Christopher Risley using data from ASKAP, ATCA, XMM-Newton and Dark Energy Survey.
In continuation of work with the Murchison Widefield Array earlier this year, new data from the ASKAP radio telescope and the Australian Compact Array Telescopes (ATCA) were used to study Abell 3266 in more detail.
Galaxy clusters allow us to study a wide range of rich processes, including magnetism and plasma physics, in environments that we cannot recreate in our laboratories. Continuing to study this remarkable object will allow us to discover a lot of new information about how the Universe works.
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