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Galaxy Cluster Abell 426 - Perseus Cluster

Galaxy Cluster Abell 426 - Perseus Cluster

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The Perseus Cluster (Abell 426) is a cluster of galaxies in the constellation Perseus. It is one of the most massive objects in the universe, containing thousands of galaxies immersed in a vast cloud of multimillion degree gas. The estimated total mass is 200 trillion solar masses.

The dominant member is Seyfert galaxy NGC 1275 associated with the radio source Perseus A.

The cluster has over 500 members being an average of 250 million light years distant.

November 7, 2010