Centaurus Cluster

Centaurus Cluster

Galaxy cluster
name = Centaurus Cluster

caption= Chandra X-ray image showing the inner 6.7 arcminutes of the core of the Centaurus cluster. This image shows the hot intracluster medium, at temperatures of a few tens of million kelvins.
constellation = Centaurus
ra = RA|12|48|51.8cite web
title=NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database
work=Results for Centaurus Cluster
dec = DEC|-41|18|21
z = 3418 km/s
size_v = 180′
member_no = ~100
brightest_member = NGC 4696
other_names = Abell 3526

The Centaurus Cluster (A3526) is a cluster of hundreds of galaxies, located approximately 155 million light years away in the Centaurus constellation. The brightest member galaxy is the elliptical galaxy NGC 4696 (~11m). The Centaurus cluster shares its supercluster, the Hydra-Centaurus Supercluster, with IC4329 Cluster and Hydra Cluster.

The cluster consists of two different sub-groups of galaxies with different velocities [ Lucey J.R., Currie M.J., Dickens R.J., 1986, MNRAS, 221, 453, http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1986MNRAS.221..453L] . Cen 30 is the main subgroup containing NGC 4696. Cen 45 is moving at 1500 km/s relative to Cen 30, and is believed to be merging with the main cluster.

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