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X-ray triple rings around the M87 jets in the central Virgo Cluster
Feng, H; Zhang SN(张双南); Li TB(李惕碚); Zhang, SN; Lou, YQ; Li, TP
Corresponding AuthorTsing Hua Univ, Dept Engn Phys, Beijing 100084, Peoples R China ; Tsing Hua Univ, Ctr Astrophys, Beijing 100084, Peoples R China ; Tsing Hua Univ, Dept Phys, Beijing 100084, Peoples R China ; Univ Alabama, Dept Phys, Huntsville, AL 35899 USA ; Chinese Acad Sci, Inst High Energy Phys, Lab Particle Astrophys, Beijing 100039, Peoples R China ; NASA, George C Marshall Space Flight Ctr, Space Sci Lab, Huntsville, AL 35812 USA ; Univ Chicago, Dept Astron & Astrophys, Chicago, IL 60637 USA ; Chinese Acad Sci, Natl Astron Observ, Beijing 100012, Peoples R China
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
Subject AreaAstronomy & Astrophysics
WOS Research AreaAstronomy & Astrophysics
WOS SubjectAstronomy & Astrophysics
WOS IDWOS:000221540200008
ADS Bibcode2004ApJ...607L..95F
ADS URLhttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2004ApJ...607L..95F
ADS CITATIONShttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2004ApJ...607L..95F/citations
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First Author AffilicationInstitute of High Energy
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Feng, H,Zhang SN,Li TB,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,张双南,李惕碚,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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