9/26/2004

The perfect cosmic storm

An international team of scientists have discovered a head-on collision of two galaxy clusters, one of the most powerful collisions ever documented, China Radio International reported Saturday.

Scientists have called it the"perfect cosmic storm."

The galaxy clusters collided like two hurricanes, tossing individual galaxies out into space.

The European Space Agency's XMM-Newton Observatory detected high-energy X-light caused by the shockwaves, which is more than 100-million degrees hot.

The discovery helps scientists understand how galaxys are formed through. It also implies that the largest structures in the Universe are still in the process of being formed.

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