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X-ray triple rings around the M87 jets in the central Virgo Cluster
Feng, H; Zhang, SN; Lou, YQ; Li, TP
2004-06-01
Source PublicationASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL
Volume607Issue:2Pages:L95-L98
AbstractThe Chandra X-ray data of the central Virgo Cluster are reexamined to reveal a triple-ring structure around the galaxy M87, reminiscent of the spectacular triple-ring pattern of the supernova SN 1987A in the Large Magellanic Cloud. In the sky plane, the two apparent smaller ellipses are roughly aligned along the M87 jets; the larger ring centers at the M87 nucleus and is likely a circle roughly perpendicular to the M87 jet. Certain similarities of these two triple-ring structures might hint at similar processes that operate in these two systems with entirely different sizes and mass scales. We suspect that a major merging event of two galaxies with nuclear supermassive black holes (SMBHs) might create such a triple-ring structure and drove acoustic and internal gravity waves far and near. The M87 jets are perhaps powered by a spinning SMBH resulting from this catastrophic merging event.
KeywordGalaxies : Clusters : Individual (Virgo) Galaxies : Individual (M87) Galaxies : Structure X-rays : Galaxies : Clusters
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Language英语
WOS IDWOS:000221540200008
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.bao.ac.cn/handle/114a11/8406
Collection空间科学研究部
Affiliation1.Tsing Hua Univ, Dept Engn Phys, Beijing 100084, Peoples R China
2.Tsing Hua Univ, Ctr Astrophys, Beijing 100084, Peoples R China
3.Tsing Hua Univ, Dept Phys, Beijing 100084, Peoples R China
4.Univ Alabama, Dept Phys, Huntsville, AL 35899 USA
5.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst High Energy Phys, Lab Particle Astrophys, Beijing 100039, Peoples R China
6.NASA, George C Marshall Space Flight Ctr, Space Sci Lab, Huntsville, AL 35812 USA
7.Univ Chicago, Dept Astron & Astrophys, Chicago, IL 60637 USA
8.Chinese Acad Sci, Natl Astron Observ, Beijing 100012, Peoples R China
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Feng, H,Zhang, SN,Lou, YQ,et al. X-ray triple rings around the M87 jets in the central Virgo Cluster[J]. ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL,2004,607(2):L95-L98.
APA Feng, H,Zhang, SN,Lou, YQ,&Li, TP.(2004).X-ray triple rings around the M87 jets in the central Virgo Cluster.ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL,607(2),L95-L98.
MLA Feng, H,et al."X-ray triple rings around the M87 jets in the central Virgo Cluster".ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL 607.2(2004):L95-L98.
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